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August 18, 2000 | DARYL KELLEY and TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 15-year-old West Hills boy was shot execution style as he lay bound and gagged in a shallow grave near here because his older brother allegedly had not paid a $36,000 debt to a drug dealer, authorities said Thursday. Santa Barbara County sheriff's investigators arrested four people Wednesday and are seeking a fifth in the slaying of Nicholas Markowitz, who was shot nine times in the head and torso last week in the mountains north of Santa Barbara.
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November 30, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET and ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Still numbed by the loss of her 15-year-old son, Susan Markowitz said Wednesday she was stunned by reports that two dozen people may have seen Nicholas Markowitz while he was held captive before his execution-style killing Aug. 8. "I have no idea who they are or what they were thinking, or what their mentality was," Markowitz said. "Maybe they didn't know. "There are several people, I wonder if there are any ethical values in their heart," she added.
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November 30, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET and ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Still numbed by the loss of her 15-year-old son, Susan Markowitz said Wednesday she was stunned by reports that two dozen people may have seen Nicholas Markowitz while he was held captive before his execution-style murder Aug. 8. "I have no idea who they are or what they were thinking, or what their mentality was," said Markowitz, of West Hills. "Maybe they didn't know." She said, "I honestly believe everyone knows between right and wrong, and you have to listen to that little voice up there."
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October 14, 1989
Authorities arrested a fourth person in the Santa Barbara County slaying of a Caltrans engineer who was shot to death on a secluded stretch of sand used by nudists at El Capitan State Beach. Sheriff's deputies and a special weapons and tactics team surrounded an apartment in Roseville, near Sacramento, and arrested Rickey Lee Rogers, 24, in the slaying Sept. 21 of Phil Bogdanoff.
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February 28, 2001 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Speaking out shortly after his son's first court appearance on murder charges, Hollywood TV and film director Daniel Attias expressed his family's sorrow Tuesday for the carnage the troubled college freshman allegedly wrought Friday when his Saab careened into a crowd of strolling students, killing four people and critically injuring another.
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July 6, 2001 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A hearing to determine whether a 26-year-old Oxnard man was wrongly convicted of murder four years ago took an unusual turn Thursday when prosecutors called the defendant as their first witness. "The people call Efren Cruz," said Santa Barbara County Deputy Dist. Atty. Hilary Dozer, drawing a quick objection by the defense.
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August 15, 2000 | ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Remains found by hikers in Los Padres National Forest have been identified as the body of a 15-year-old Woodland Hills boy last seen Aug. 6, Santa Barbara County authorities said Monday. Lt. Michael Burridge, a Sheriff's Department spokesman, said the body of Nicholas Sam Markowitz was discovered in a shallow grave Saturday. His family had reported him missing four days earlier.
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June 30, 1990 | TERRY PRISTIN and SANTIAGO O'DONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An incendiary device used to ignite a fire in Santa Barbara that claimed one life and more than 500 homes has been shipped to a laboratory for fingerprint testing, but investigators said Friday they are not "even close" to finding the arsonist responsible for the most destructive Southern California blaze in at least three decades. "We don't have a person or a car we can focus on right now," said Thomas E. Buckley, a U.S.
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August 23, 2000 | GREG RISLING and SUE FOX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jesse James Hollywood, who is wanted in connection with the slaying of a 15-year-old West Hills boy, has been tracked to Colorado, where he may be staying with friends, police said Tuesday. Driving a luxury car and staying at swanky hotels, Hollywood, 20, also of West Hills, stopped in Palm Springs, Las Vegas and Colorado Springs as he fled east, according to investigators in the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.
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February 9, 2001 | NEDRA RHONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Benjamin Markowitz, whose drug debt allegedly led to the kidnapping and murder of his young half brother last summer, was arrested Thursday in Van Nuys on suspicion of armed robbery. Markowitz, 22, had been stopped for driving without a license when he was arrested on a robbery warrant that was issued Monday. Police allege that on Dec. 23, Markowitz, armed with a gun, went to the Woodland Hills home of an acquaintance and demanded money. The victim told police that Markowitz took $200.
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