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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2010 | From a Times Staff Writer
Danny Galindo, a retired Los Angeles police detective who helped investigate the notorious Tate-LaBianca murders, died of a heart ailment Tuesday at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, his family said. He was 88. "He was an important member of the Manson murders investigative team," said Vincent Bugliosi, who was the chief prosecutor in the case. Cult leader Charles Manson and several followers were sentenced to death (later reduced to life terms) in the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca and five others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2012 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
In the city of New York, in 1964, a destitute young black man named George Whitmore Jr. confessed to three murders he did not commit. "I didn't do it, but they wouldn't believe me," Whitmore, then a 50-year-old handyman, told New York Newsday in 1995. "At one point I really did think I was going to the electric chair. " He was eventually proved innocent, and his legal case helped persuade New York lawmakers in the mid-1960s to drop the state's death penalty for most crimes. The case was also cited in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1966 Miranda ruling, which established such protections for suspects as the right to remain silent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2010 | By Victoria Kim
In the early hours of New Year's Eve 2006, 9-year-old Henry Cruz lay still under the covers in his family's one-bedroom Koreatown apartment. In the next room, he heard sounds of a struggle, screams and then gunshots. Peering out from under the edge of the blanket, the boy saw a man dressed in black walk into the bedroom, open a drawer and grab his father's wallet before taking off. On Wednesday, that man, Matthew Ian Koontz, and an accomplice, Jonathan Blackwell, were found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of Henry's father and sister, and the attempted murder of his mother, who was shot in the stomach but survived.
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.
NATIONAL
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.
NEWS
March 2, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Fingerprints found in the home of two murdered Dartmouth College professors matched the younger of the two teen suspects, according to police documents. The 23 pages of affidavits released in Lebanon District Court outline some of the evidence that led police to Robert Tulloch, 17, and James Parker, 16, but give no information on motive. The Chelsea, Vt., teenagers both face two counts of first-degree murder in the Jan.
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
February 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Six people have been arrested in connection with five recent murders that have sent Oakland's homicide rate spiraling. They include those suspected of killing a 14-year-old boy with an assault rifle, police said. Officials said four of the suspects have admitted being involved in the murders, which took place between October and January.
NATIONAL
September 15, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Frances Newton was executed in Huntsville for the fatal shootings of her husband and two children 18 years ago, becoming the third woman, and first black woman, to be put to death in the state since executions resumed in 1982. Strapped to the death chamber gurney, with her parents among the people watching, Newton, 40, declined to make a final statement, quietly saying "no" and shaking her head when the warden asked if she would like to speak before being given a lethal injection.
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