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June 12, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A Stockton man accused of decapitating his daughter, 1, over the weekend has been charged with first-degree murder. Khanh Duy Phan, 33, told a San Joaquin County Superior Court judge Tuesday through a Vietnamese interpreter that he had no need for a lawyer. A public defender was appointed. Phan was arrested Saturday after making incriminating statements, police said. Authorities said he used a meat cleaver to kill his daughter, Katherine.
September 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A mother accused of dousing her three young daughters with gasoline and setting them on fire, killing one, was charged in Fort Worth with capital murder. Alysha Green's 3-year-old daughter, Ariania, died after being removed from life support Tuesday, three days after the fire at their home in Haltom City, a Fort Worth suburb. Her two older daughters, 5-year-old Alexandria and 7-year-old Adamiria, remain hospitalized, but their conditions were not released.
December 12, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
An actor who once played an aspiring mobster on "The Sopranos" will be charged with murder along with another man in the death of an off-duty New York City police officer, authorities said. The policeman allegedly caught actor Lillo Brancato Jr., 29, and Steven Armento, 48, breaking into a home Saturday. A gunfight ensued. Officer Daniel Enchautegui, 28, shot each suspect several times, police said, but suffered a fatal chest wound.
August 7, 1991
For the second time, a judge has ruled that a Reseda man accused of recruiting young boys into a burglary ring cannot be tried for murder in the accidental death of one of the youths during an alleged break-in. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Judith M. Ashmann on Tuesday rejected prosecution efforts to press charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter against Julio Grassano, 23. But she ruled that Grassano can be tried for burglary and child endangerment.
December 16, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A mistrial was declared Monday after a jury deadlocked 11 to 1 in favor of death for a 40-year-old sex offender convicted of the 1993 torture and murder of two boys in the Palm City neighborhood of San Diego. Scott Thomas Erskine, 40, had been convicted in the deaths of Charlie Keever, 9, and Jonathan Sellers, 13. Erskine is serving a 70-year sentence for raping a woman six months after the slayings.
September 16, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A convicted murderer who had been paroled was charged in the death of one of six women whose bodies were found in a Kansas City neighborhood frequented by drug addicts and prostitutes. Terry Blair, 42, was charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of Sheliah McKinzie, 38. Prosecutors would not discuss the investigation in detail, but said more charges were possible. Blair had been arrested on a parole violation.
April 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Afghanistan has executed Abdullah Shah, a notorious commander convicted of murdering dozens of people, including four of his wives, in the first use of the death penalty since the Taliban fell, officials said. The execution by a bullet to the head was personally approved by President Hamid Karzai.
February 12, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
There appears to be little chance of parole this year for Zachariah Chiaia, who was 18 when he helped beat a homeless man to death at a downtown park. Chiaia, 27, is serving a second-degree murder sentence of 15 years to life for the 1993 attack. Salinas Valley State Prison officials have written to the parole board, saying he "poses a serious threat to public safety." Their reports list more than a dozen incidents of misconduct.
July 14, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman was found guilty in Oklahoma City of murdering her husband in what prosecutors said was a plot with her lover to collect on the businessman's $800,000 life insurance policy. Brenda Andrew, whose lover was convicted earlier of murder in the case, showed no emotion as guilty verdicts of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder were read aloud. Prosecutors alleged that the 40-year-old mother of two conspired with James Pavatt to kill Rob Andrew in November 2001.
March 28, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Immigration authorities this week arrested a Mexican citizen accused of killing a police officer in San Julian, Mexico, and have turned the man over to officials there. Authorities said Jaime Castaneda, 37, was living as a fugitive in an Inglewood apartment and had been running from the law for years. He allegedly killed San Julian police officer Francisco Gonzalez in 2004 and is wanted for a series of other crimes in both the United States and Mexico, said Virginia Kice of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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