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March 7, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Colorado cold-case investigators have linked a convicted murderer who died in prison in 1996 to four more slayings -- and say he may have been responsible for a score of others as well. Vincent Groves, 57, known for playing on a championship Colorado basketball team in the 1970s, strangled most of his victims, Denver Dist. Atty. Mitch Morrissey told The Times. “In my 30 years experience, he is the worst home-grown serial murderer,” Morrissey said, noting that Ted Bundy , believed to be responsible for several Colorado slayings, was more prolific overall.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1994
A chiropractor who threw his bride overboard on their honeymoon cruise in 1988 was resentenced Monday to 33 years, nine months in prison after a judge reviewed his life sentence for murder. Scott Robin Roston of Santa Monica was convicted five years ago of the second-degree murder of Karen Waltz Roston nine days after they were married.
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April 14, 2009 | Howard Witt
Four months after a grand jury indicted two white men in the dragging death of a black man in this racially troubled northeast Texas town, key evidence against the pair appears to be evaporating -- and one defense attorney believes he can win an acquittal when the first case comes to trial in July. Police have alleged that Shannon Keith Finley and Charles Ryan Crostley, both 28, used Finley's pickup truck to run over and kill Brandon McClelland, 24, on a rural road in September.
WORLD
April 16, 2009 | Associated Press
A U.S. Army soldier was convicted Wednesday of murder in the execution-style slayings of four bound and blindfolded Iraqis. The prosecution said Master Sgt. John Hatley acted as "judge, jury and executioner" to carry out the killings in the spring of 2007. Hatley and two other soldiers took the detainees to a canal in Baghdad's West Rasheed neighborhood, where they shot them in the back of the head with 9-millimeter pistols, prosecutors said.
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January 20, 2010 | By David G. Savage
Something strange happened during the 1993 murder trial of Marcus Wellons. Outwardly, the Supreme Court observed Tuesday, the trial "looked typical." But "there were unusual events going on behind the scenes." For example: The Georgia judge in the case spoke outside court to jurors who had gathered at a local restaurant. And after Wellons was convicted and sentenced to die, jurors presented the female judge with a gift of "chocolate shaped as male genitalia," as the Supreme Court recounted it. If that were not enough, they gave the bailiff a chocolate gift "shaped as female breasts."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2009 | Steve Chawkins
Jesse James Hollywood was pacing and chain-smoking. He had just told a family friend, attorney Stephen Hogg, that his pals had kidnapped the brother of a tough guy who had smashed windows at his home, threatened him and poisoned his dog. Hogg, a soft-spoken 65-year-old with a ponytail, described his meeting with Hollywood during testimony Tuesday at Hollywood's trial for the 2000 kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2003 | Daniel Hernandez, Times Staff Writer
A former math teacher at Belmont High School in Los Angeles was sentenced Friday for murdering someone who had crashed a party he held 14 years ago for college friends at his parents' Mission Viejo home. Mark Glen Morales, 36, must serve 17 years to life in prison for the shooting death of Steven Merritt, a 21-year-old student slain Feb. 26, 1989, after arriving with friends, uninvited and casually dressed, at Morales' party.
WORLD
June 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A reporter accused of killing elderly women in cases that he covered for his newspaper was found drowned in a bucket of water in a prison bathroom, police said. Vlado Taneski, 56, died several hours after being placed in prison custody, police said. He had been charged with two murders and suspected in a third. Police said a handwritten note was found in Taneski's prison cell, under the pillow, saying, "I did not commit these murders." The victims were strangled with telephone cable after being beaten and sexually abused.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1996
Your coverage of the horrible murders of the young Christian men in Colorado was most commendable. Thank you for sharing the witness of the faith of the Turville family that their son and brother is indeed in heaven with our Lord--and that they have forgiven his killer. These senseless, tragic murders should prove to us once and for all how the violence-filled rap music can afflict a troubled mind. May God forgive us for allowing it. MARJORIE TEMPEL Fullerton In your story about the tragic, execution-style slaying of three young Orange County men in Colorado by their deranged roommate, one phrase stood out among the horror: "Firing his 9-millimeter Baretta.
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November 23, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A prosecutor in Elkhart said he was considering seeking the death penalty against a mother charged with strangling her four children. Angelica Alvarez, 27, was ordered jailed without bond on four counts of murder during a court hearing just hours after she was released from Elkhart General Hospital. She had been in the hospital since being found unconscious with a faint pulse on Nov. 14 next to the bodies of her children, ages 2 to 8.
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