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August 14, 1993 | ELLIOTT ALMOND and DANNY ROBBINS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The mystery surrounding the bizarre disappearance of the father of Chicago Bulls basketball superstar Michael Jordan was partially solved Friday when a body that had been found floating in a South Carolina creek on Aug. 3 was identified as that of James Jordan. Officials said that the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the chest. Jordan, 57, had been missing for three weeks and it wasn't until Thursday that the matter became public.
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March 25, 2003 | Richard Winton and Steve Berry, Times Staff Writers
A businessman was sentenced Monday to a pair of life terms after he admitted murdering two El Segundo police officers in 1957 and offered a teary-eyed apology to the families of his victims. "I do not understand why I did this," said Gerald F. Mason, 69, who was caught when an old fingerprint from the crime scene matched his in a new FBI national database. "I detest these crimes.... I still do not want to remember what happened."
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November 4, 1994 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For nine days, Susan Smith's story never changed: A gunman had taken her children. There was no ransom demand and no suspects. The police didn't even have a crime scene to search--the gunman took it with him. Smith said he had driven off into the night in her car with the toddlers--Michael, 3, and Alexander, 14 months--crying in the back seat, leaving her screaming after them in the middle of the road.
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April 28, 2002 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A South Carolina man, scheduled to be executed Friday for the murder of a state trooper, is seeking clemency from Gov. Jim Hodges because someone else has confessed to the 1985 slaying. There's no doubt that Connie Sue Hess was at the murder scene, but last year the South Carolina Supreme Court doubted her credibility--in part because she has changed her story several times over the last 16 years. In a 3-2 vote, it denied Richard C.
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January 29, 1989 | From Associated Press
Chicago millionaire Noah Robinson was sentenced to the maximum 10 years in prison Saturday after being convicted of a felony in connection with the attempted murder of a woman who witnessed a slaying. The jury convicted Robinson, half brother of the Rev. Jesse Jackson and a Greenville native, of accessory after the fact of assault and battery with intent to kill, in connection with the attempted murder of Janice Denise Rosemond.
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May 10, 1989 | From Associated Press
A man who killed two children and wounded nine other people in a shooting rampage at a school was sentenced Tuesday to the electric chair. Judge James Moore imposed the death penalty on James Wilson 12 days after he pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder and other charges in the Sept. 26 attack.
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May 29, 1996 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aspiring model Valerie Nicole Taylor and accused murderer Freddie Lee Turner are "one and the same person," a Los Angeles Municipal Court judge ruled Tuesday after comparing fingerprints taken from him in Atlanta and from her in Los Angeles. "The court is satisfied this is the person that is wanted by the demanding state," declared Judge Jacob Adajian, clearing the way for Taylor's extradition to Cherokee County, S.C. Taylor had been fingerprinted after her arrest earlier this month.
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July 28, 1995 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Testifying that he sexually molested his stepdaughter, a South Carolina community leader said Thursday that he bears some responsibility for her emotional problems and pleaded tearfully for a jury not to sentence her to death for drowning her two sons. "My heart breaks for what I've done to you, for your pain and your loss," said Beverly Russell, reading from a recent letter he wrote to his stepdaughter, Susan Smith. She received it in her prison cell.
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June 10, 1995 | Reuters
The attorney for Susan Smith, who is accused of killing her two sons, has filed a legal motion to keep cameras and electronic broadcast media out of court during the trial. A hearing on the motion will be held later this month. Officials said the screening of jurors for the high-profile trial, set to start July 10, has already begun with a questionnaire sent to potential panelists regarding such issues as sexual abuse, mental illness and children.
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July 21, 1995 | From Associated Press
The prosecution rested Thursday in the double murder trial of Susan Smith, and the defense case began with a state investigator who testified that the woman charged with drowning her two young sons was racked with guilt. Smith felt abused, troubled about her love affairs and "obviously distraught" and sorrowful about drowning her sons, investigator Pete Logan said. Asked if Smith showed remorse during her Nov. 3 confession, Logan said: "Probably the greatest I've seen in 35 years."
SPORTS
January 19, 2001 | STEVE HENSON
The judge in the Rae Carruth murder trial Thursday ordered deadlocked jurors to continue deliberations. Jurors had met for about 12 hours over three days when they informed Judge Charles Lamm before lunch that they were at an impasse on all four counts. They did not indicate the numerical split. Carruth, a former Carolina Panther receiver, is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams. He could be sentenced to death if convicted.
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January 18, 2001 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors in the Rae Carruth murder trial might consider a compromise verdict as they enter their third day of deliberations. There are four charges against Carruth, including first-degree murder punishable by the death penalty. The former Carolina Panther receiver is accused of masterminding the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams, on Nov. 15, 1999.
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September 23, 2000 | Associated Press
A pit bull owner whose dogs allegedly killed a man was cleared of involuntary manslaughter Thursday. Lawyers for Frank Paul Speagle argued that no evidence directly linked his dogs to the December attack on John Mickle.
NEWS
October 28, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman's confession that she killed a state trooper has come days before a man is to be executed for that crime, but South Carolina Atty. Gen. Charlie Condon said in Columbia that the execution of Richard Charles Johnson should proceed on Friday because the woman has a history of mental illness and is not credible. Trooper Bruce K. Smalls was shot in 1985 after pulling over a motor home that Johnson and the woman were in.
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December 5, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Two killers who are half brothers were executed by injection for a killing during a robbery. Larry Gilbert, 43, and J.D. Gleaton, 53, were put to death in Columbia, S.C., for the stabbing and shooting death of Ralph Stoudemire. It was said to be the first time since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976 that two brothers were executed on the same day.
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December 3, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A woman charged with killing her fetus through drug use avoided prison, sobbing in relief after a judge said her sorrow was punishment enough. Talitha Renee Garrick, 27, received three years' probation from Judge Thomas Cooper. She had pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the 1995 death of her 38-week-old fetus. She said she smoked crack cocaine a little more than an hour before the girl was delivered stillborn.
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July 27, 1995 | Associated Press
Susan Smith's brother took the witness stand Wednesday and protested sending "2,000 volts of electricity through her in the name of justice." The judge told the jury deciding Smith's fate to ignore the comment by Scotty Vaughan as the defense began arguing why her life should be spared after her conviction for drowning her two young sons.
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May 27, 1995 | From Reuters
A judge ruled Friday prosecutors can seek the death penalty in the trial of Susan Smith, the 23-year-old woman accused of drowning her two sons. Circuit Court Judge William Howard also refused to delay the trial, set to begin July 10. Smith confessed to allowing her car to roll into a lake with the two boys, Michael, 3, and Alex, 14 months, strapped in their safety seats last October after she was jilted by a lover.
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May 29, 1996 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aspiring model Valerie Nicole Taylor and accused murderer Freddie Lee Turner are "one and the same person," a Los Angeles Municipal Court judge ruled Tuesday after comparing fingerprints taken from him in Atlanta and from her in Los Angeles. "The court is satisfied this is the person that is wanted by the demanding state," declared Judge Jacob Adajian, clearing the way for Taylor's extradition to Cherokee County, S.C. Taylor had been fingerprinted after her arrest earlier this month.
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May 17, 1996 | STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A woman identified as the man wanted for a 1979 slaying in South Carolina denied Thursday that she is the suspect as a judge ordered a new fingerprint comparison to settle the issue. Los Angeles Municipal Judge Jacob Adajain ordered the tests after Valerie Nicole Taylor's lawyer asked for them. The lawyer, Walter Krauss, said Taylor was once known as Freddie Lee Turner--the name of the suspect in the shooting death in the small town of Gaffney, S.C., 17 years ago.
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