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April 12, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writer
A 75-year-old woman accused of killing homeless men for insurance money had no knowledge that her partner in crime was planning murder as a part of the plot, her attorney argued Friday. Olga Rutterschmidt lacked savvy, was "simple-minded" and even "stupid," said Michael Sklar, the deputy public defender who chose earlier in the week not to call any witnesses, saying the prosecution had failed to tie his client to the hit-and-run deaths of Kenneth McDavid, 50, and Paul Vados, 73.
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March 19, 2008 | Paul Pringle and Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writers
They plucked the destitute off the street as "investments," insured their lives for millions, then snuffed them out in staged hit-and-run accidents. They became so consumed by greed that they bickered over the money even after their arrests. At least that's how prosecutors Tuesday outlined their case against Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
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April 18, 2008 | Victoria Kim and Paul Pringle, Times Staff Writers
A Los Angeles jury has convicted a 75-year-old woman of murdering a homeless man for millions in life insurance, but is deadlocked on two charges against her in a second killing. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David S. Wesley ordered the panel to resume deliberations Monday on the remaining counts against Olga Rutterschmidt. She was found guilty Thursday of the 2005 killing of Kenneth McDavid.
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September 14, 2006 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
Two women accused of killing transient men to collect life insurance money pleaded not guilty in Superior Court in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Helen Golay, 75, of Santa Monica and Olga Rutterschmidt, 73, of Hollywood are accused of murdering Paul Vados, 73, and Kenneth McDavid, 50. Vados was covered by more than a dozen insurance policies when he was hit by a car on La Brea Avenue in 1999. McDavid was covered by 23 policies when he was killed by a car last year in Westwood.
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March 17, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writer
Jailhouse birthdays for Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt, accused of staging the hit-and-run deaths of two homeless men, quietly came and went uncelebrated this year. Golay turned 77 in February and Rutterschmidt became 75 this month. But age could be a key factor in a trial set to begin this week before a three-woman, nine-man jury, who will determine the fate of the two women who prosecutors allege conspired to kill the men and collected nearly $3 million in life insurance claims.
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April 9, 2008 | Victoria Kim
Defense attorneys for two women accused of killing two homeless men for insurance benefits rested their cases Tuesday. Roger Jon Diamond, representing defendant Helen Golay, 77, tried to submit as evidence court documents regarding litigation between Golay and her daughter Kecia, who Diamond told jurors was responsible for the murder of one of the victims, 50-year-old Kenneth McDavid. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Wesley refused to allow the documents into evidence, saying they contained allegations that were never proved in court.
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April 16, 2008 | Victoria Kim
After a day of deliberation, jurors for the trial of two women accused of murdering homeless men for insurance claims said Tuesday they had reached verdicts for some of the counts, but had yet to reach unanimous consent on others. Helen Golay, 77, and Olga Rutterschmidt, 75, each stand accused of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to murder for financial gain. The jury Tuesday afternoon asked Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David S. Wesley "what happens if we do not have unanimous consent on a particular count."
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April 2, 2008 | Victoria Kim
Criminalists testified Tuesday in the trial of two elderly women who allegedly ran over and killed homeless men for insurance benefits. Cheryl Will, a supervising criminalist for the Los Angeles Police Department, testified that she found blood and human tissue in eight spots on the undercarriage of the 1999 Mercury Sable that prosecutors say was used to run over victim Kenneth McDavid. Samples collected from the car matched McDavid's DNA, with a one in a quadrillion chance that it was a random match, said Stephanie McLean, a serology and DNA specialist.
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April 11, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writer
A prosecutor told jurors Thursday that two septuagenarian women accused of killing homeless men so they could collect on their life insurance policies saw their victims as "profit," not human beings. "They picked up complete strangers, men who they did not love, men not related to them, men who could not offer them any kind of financial support because they were homeless and destitute, and made them worth millions if dead," Deputy Dist. Atty.
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August 30, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Two women accused of befriending, insuring and killing transients for millions of dollars in death benefits appeared Tuesday in court, where their lawyers disagreed over how their trials should proceed. Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt have been in jail since May -- leading to one point of contention. Golay's lawyer, Roger Jon Diamond, said his client was being held in "horrible, deplorable" conditions in a women's jail in Lynwood.
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