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December 15, 1990 | NANCY WRIDE and JAMES GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The latest twist in a bizarre murder triangle occurred Friday with the capture of a tow-truck driver who confessed in a letter to a newspaper that he was paid to kill a friend's wife, killed the friend in self-defense, then vowed to kill himself in the desert. Neill F. Matzen, 36, of Santa Ana was arrested at 11 a.m. in a squalid Fontana shack on a warrant charging him with the Nov. 24 murder of Donna Connaty, who was beaten to death with a lead pipe in her Buena Park home.
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March 27, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Santa Ana tow-truck driver was sentenced Friday to life in prison without possibility of parole for bludgeoning a Buena Park nurse in exchange for a $15,000 bounty offered by her ex-husband. Neill F. Matzen, 39, was convicted of first-degree murder in the November, 1990, slaying of Donna Jean Connaty, 34. Matzen continued to proclaim his innocence Friday in a brief statement to the court. "I am sorry there has been a death in this case, but it wasn't me. I didn't kill her," Matzen said.
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February 25, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Santa Ana tow-truck operator faces life in prison without parole after being convicted Monday of killing his best friend's ex-wife in a case described by a judge as both "complex" and "bizarre." After two days of deliberations, an Orange County Superior Court jury found Neill F. Matzen, 37, guilty of first-degree murder in the November, 1990, beating death of Donna Jean Connaty, a 34-year-old Buena Park nurse.
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February 25, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Santa Ana tow-truck operator faces life in prison without parole after being convicted Monday of killing his best friend's ex-wife in a case described by a judge as both "complex" and "bizarre." After two days of deliberations, an Orange County Superior Court jury found Neill F. Matzen, 37, guilty of first-degree murder in the November, 1990, beating death of Donna Jean Connaty, a 34-year-old Buena Park nurse.
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January 29, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A tangled, tawdry tale of murder and adultery unfolded Tuesday in Superior Court as prosecution and defense attorneys laid out sharply different versions of the beating death of a 34-year-old Buena Park nurse. The elements surrounding the November, 1990, killing of Donna J. Connaty--love and hate in a Santa Ana trailer park--seem ripped from the lyrics of country-Western ballads. Neill F.
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December 16, 1990 | SONNI EFRON and JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Neill F. Matzen, dirty, distraught and on the run from the law, tried to convince himself to commit suicide by jumping off a freeway overpass in Ontario but lost his nerve, a Fontana man who befriended Matzen said Saturday. Billy Lay, a maintenance man who hired Matzen to clean up his yard, said Matzen talked about God, dispensed advice and ate like a starving man Thursday night.
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December 15, 1990 | NANCY WRIDE and JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A tow-truck driver who vowed to commit suicide after confessing to killing his friend's wife was captured Friday inside a squalid shed in Fontana after spending a week on the run--mooching cigarettes in a desert diner, hitchhiking through Riverside County and then hiding out in a storm drain. Police said Neill F. Matzen, 36, of Santa Ana was arrested without a struggle about 11 a.m. "He looked like he'd slept in a storm drain for a couple of days," said Buena Park Police Sgt. Terry Branum.
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April 24, 1991 | ANITA M. CAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Santa Ana man accused of slaying a 34-year-old nurse for a $15,000 payoff was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on charges of committing murder for financial gain. Municipal Judge Margaret Anderson said testimony and evidence presented in Neil F. Matzen's preliminary hearing suggest that the defendant did carry out the crime. "He wrote an open letter to the paper and to the police officer," confessing to the Nov. 24 crime, Anderson said. " . . . There is sufficient evidence a homicide did occur.
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March 27, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Santa Ana tow-truck driver was sentenced Friday to life in prison without possibility of parole for bludgeoning a Buena Park nurse in exchange for a $15,000 bounty offered by her ex-husband. Neill F. Matzen, 39, was convicted of first-degree murder in the November, 1990, slaying of Donna Jean Connaty, 34. Matzen continued to proclaim his innocence Friday in a brief statement to the court. "I am sorry there has been a death in this case, but it wasn't me. I didn't kill her," Matzen said.
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December 6, 1990 | BOB SCHWARTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County district attorney's office declined Wednesday to charge tow truck operator Neill F. Matzen with the bludgeoning death of a Buena Park nurse. Matzen, 36, of Santa Ana was released from the jail ward of Western Medical Center in Anaheim late Wednesday and allowed to go home. He was arrested by Buena Park police Monday evening on suspicion of murdering Donna J. Connaty at her home on Nov.
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January 29, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A tangled, tawdry tale of murder and adultery unfolded Tuesday in Superior Court as prosecution and defense attorneys laid out sharply different versions of the beating death of a 34-year-old Buena Park nurse. The elements surrounding the November, 1990, killing of Donna J. Connaty--love and hate in a Santa Ana trailer park--seem ripped from the lyrics of country-Western ballads. Neill F.
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April 24, 1991 | ANITA M. CAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Santa Ana man accused of slaying a 34-year-old nurse for a $15,000 payoff was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on charges of committing murder for financial gain. Municipal Judge Margaret Anderson said testimony and evidence presented in Neil F. Matzen's preliminary hearing suggest that the defendant did carry out the crime. "He wrote an open letter to the paper and to the police officer," confessing to the Nov. 24 crime, Anderson said. " . . . There is sufficient evidence a homicide did occur.
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December 16, 1990 | SONNI EFRON and JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Neill F. Matzen, dirty, distraught and on the run from the law, tried to convince himself to commit suicide by jumping off a freeway overpass in Ontario but lost his nerve, a Fontana man who befriended Matzen said Saturday. Billy Lay, a maintenance man who hired Matzen to clean up his yard, said Matzen talked about God, dispensed advice and ate like a starving man Thursday night.
NEWS
December 15, 1990 | NANCY WRIDE and JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A tow-truck driver who vowed to commit suicide after confessing to killing his friend's wife was captured Friday inside a squalid shed in Fontana after spending a week on the run--mooching cigarettes in a desert diner, hitchhiking through Riverside County and then hiding out in a storm drain. Police said Neill F. Matzen, 36, of Santa Ana was arrested without a struggle about 11 a.m. "He looked like he'd slept in a storm drain for a couple of days," said Buena Park Police Sgt. Terry Branum.
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December 15, 1990 | NANCY WRIDE and JAMES GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The latest twist in a bizarre murder triangle occurred Friday with the capture of a tow-truck driver who confessed in a letter to a newspaper that he was paid to kill a friend's wife, killed the friend in self-defense, then vowed to kill himself in the desert. Neill F. Matzen, 36, of Santa Ana was arrested at 11 a.m. in a squalid Fontana shack on a warrant charging him with the Nov. 24 murder of Donna Connaty, who was beaten to death with a lead pipe in her Buena Park home.
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December 6, 1990 | BOB SCHWARTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County district attorney's office declined Wednesday to charge tow truck operator Neill F. Matzen with the bludgeoning death of a Buena Park nurse. Matzen, 36, of Santa Ana was released from the jail ward of Western Medical Center in Anaheim late Wednesday and allowed to go home. He was arrested by Buena Park police Monday evening on suspicion of murdering Donna J. Connaty at her home on Nov.
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December 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
Authorities searched the desert in Riverside County today for a 36-year-old Santa Ana man who sent suicide letters to police and a local newspaper in which he confessed to the bludgeoning murder of Buena Park nurse Donna J. Connaty. Buena Park detectives were en route to Chiriaco Summit, a town about 30 miles east of Indio, where a yellow Triumph TR-7 belonging to Neill F. Matzen was found abandoned Tuesday, Buena Park Police Sgt. Terry Branum said.
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January 5, 1991
Neill F. Matzen, who eluded a police dragnet for a week last month, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he murdered a St. Joseph Hospital nurse. Orange County Deputy Dist. Atty. Patrick K. Donahue said Friday's court proceeding lasted only a few minutes and the case was set for a preliminary hearing Feb. 22. "The guy didn't open his mouth," Donahue said of the 36-year-old tow-truck operator who is charged with the Nov. 24 beating death of Donna J. Connaty, 34, in her Buena Park home.
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