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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An Orange County jury Tuesday convicted a gang member of second-degree murder for stabbing a man in the head with a screwdriver, officials said. The jury deliberated for three days before convicting Tam Thanh Huynh, 22, of attacking Phong Ly, 20, on Dec. 30, 2001 outside the now-defunct PC Cafe in Garden Grove. The killing resulted in curfews and other restrictions at cyber cafes. Huynh, who was also found guilty of gang charges, could face a 15-year-to-life term when he is sentenced Oct. 10.
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NATIONAL
July 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A man accused of abducting a teenager from a store parking lot and strangling her was charged in Olathe with capital murder, making him eligible for the death penalty. Edwin R. Hall, 26, also was charged by Johnson County prosecutor Phill Kline with rape and aggravated sodomy -- counts that were necessary under state law for 18-year-old Kelsey Smith's slaying to be considered a capital crime. Hall's $5-million bond was revoked.
NATIONAL
March 25, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A minister's wife was charged with shooting her husband to death in a Selmer parsonage in a crime that shocked the congregation. Mary Winkler, 32, was arrested on murder charges and confessed to slaying her husband, Matthew, 31, authorities said. She had fled to Alabama in the family's minivan with the couple's three young daughters, authorities said. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent John Mehr would not disclose what authorities believe to be the motive, but he did rule out infidelity.
NATIONAL
December 22, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A property caretaker was charged with murder in Danielson in the death of a jogger whose battered and bound body was found in a shed owned by the "Sesame Street" actor who plays Big Bird. Scott Deojay, 36, told police he accidentally hit Judith Nilan with his car Dec. 12 and panicked. Deojay said he hid her body on puppeteer Caroll Spinney's property, where he worked as a caretaker, according to state police, who said Spinney had no involvement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
WORLD
April 30, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic was charged with attempting to kill an opposition politician, and dozens of his loyalists were indicted in the March 12 assassination of Serbia's prime minister. Milosevic was charged with "organizing a criminal group" that tried to kill Vuk Draskovic in June 2000. Draskovic was slightly wounded. Police also charged Milosevic's secret police chief and his former army chief of staff in connection with the attack.
WORLD
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.
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