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July 16, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Lawyers for Cary Stayner lost a bid to get the Yosemite homicides trial moved again just before the final jury was picked Monday. Despite publicity so intense that 96% of the jury pool said they had seen or read something about the case, Stayner should be able to get a fair trial in Santa Clara County, Judge Thomas C. Hastings said. Stayner is being tried for the February 1999 killings of Carole Sund, 42, and her 15-year-old daughter Juli, both of Eureka, and Silvina Pelosso, 16, of Cordoba.
July 12, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Grace Brown headed to the Adirondack Mountains hoping for a marriage proposal. Instead, authorities said the pregnant woman was murdered by her lover in a sorrowful saga that became the basis for Theodore Dreiser's 1925 novel, "An American Tragedy." The story was later spun into an Oscar-winning movie (retitled "A Place in the Sun"), television programs, plays, songs, true-crime books and most recently an opera on the Metropolitan Opera stage.
May 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Two Australian schoolgirls who garroted a friend as an experiment to see what it was like to kill someone were sentenced to life in prison for a murder a judge called "gruesome and merciless in the extreme." The two 17-year-olds, who cannot be named because of their age, stuffed a chemical-soaked cloth into the mouth of Eliza Jane Davis, 15, and throttled her with wire after waking up on a sleepover in Collie, south of Perth, and deciding that neither would feel bad about killing.
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.
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