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September 9, 1993
An Oregon man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted and shot a Torrance woman and then killed her husband, who had walked in on the attack. Randy Eugene Garcia, 22, entered his plea Monday during his arraignment before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James A. Bascue. A pretrial hearing before Judge Jacqueline Connor has been scheduled for Oct. 5 to determine if prosecutors have gathered evidence for Garcia to stand trial.
August 3, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A construction worker accused of killing a gay man over an unwanted sexual advance rejected a plea bargain in a Rockford, Ala., court, refusing to plead guilty in exchange for a guarantee he wouldn't get the death penalty. Charles M. Butler is one of two men charged in the Feb. 19 slaying of Billy Jack Gaither, 39, who was beaten with an ax handle and burned atop a pile of kerosene-soaked tires.
September 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A man pleaded guilty in Phoenix to killing a Japanese tourist whose body was found below a waterfall at an Indian reservation that includes part of the Grand Canyon. Randy Redtail Wescogame, 19, said he encountered the woman while she was hiking alone and offered to guide her to falls in the area.
December 4, 2003 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
An Encino man who was part of an alleged kidnap-for-ransom ring has pleaded guilty in state court to killing five Los Angeles County residents whose bodies were found in a Northern California lake, prosecutors said Wednesday. The plea agreement struck Monday between Ainar Altmanis and the district attorney's office came more than a year after he entered a deal with the U.S. attorney's office to avoid a possible death penalty in the upcoming federal case.
February 9, 1999 | P.J. Huffstutter
An educational psychologist charged with illegally billing insurance companies for nonexistent medical treatments has pleaded guilty to two counts of grand theft, the state Department of Insurance said Monday. Margaret Ferrin, 39, who worked out of her home in Huntington Beach, was placed on probation for 3 1/2 years and ordered to complete 400 hours of community service and pay $5,983 in restitution, the department said.
May 23, 1996
Mary Ruth Blanco, a West Covina grandmother accused of trying to rob a gas station in a vain attempt to pay the family's taxes, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to second-degree robbery charges by reason of temporary insanity as her attorney told the court she was "driven insane by the IRS." The 71-year-old woman faces a minimum of four years in state prison if convicted because of the special circumstance arising from the alleged use of a handgun in the botched May 4 robbery.
September 30, 2009 | Tina Susman
An Afghan immigrant charged with conspiring to bomb U.S. targets in an attack possibly intended to coincide with the Sept. 11 anniversary pleaded not guilty in federal court Tuesday. Najibullah Zazi of Aurora, Colo., was ordered held without bail in what authorities have called the first Al Qaeda-linked plot on U.S. soil since the 2001 attacks. He appeared beside his attorney, wearing orange sneakers, black trousers and a tunic. Zazi, 24, his heavy beard neatly trimmed, did not speak, and there were no family members in the packed courthouse.
April 28, 2004 | Robert W. Welkos
A Sherman Oaks man has pleaded guilty to one felony count of criminal copyright infringement for selling pirated copies of the HBO series "Sex and the City" on the Internet. William Jefferson Philputt, 33, could face up to three years in prison when he is sentenced in federal court in Los Angeles on July 2, prosecutors said.
August 22, 2001 | From Associated Press
A Bosnian Serb army officer pleaded not guilty Tuesday at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal to charges of murdering Muslims in a U.N.-declared "safe area" in 1995. Lt. Col. Dragan Jokic is charged with four counts of crimes against humanity and violations of the laws and customs of war in the July 1995 massacre of Muslim men and boys in the town of Srebrenica. He was stationed near the U.N. enclave during the 3 1/2-year war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Jokic, 44, has been held at the U.N.
August 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Prosecutors have more leverage against Michael Vick now that his remaining two co-defendants decided to plead guilty while he has maintained his innocence in a federal dogfighting conspiracy case. "He's hanging out there by himself, and that's a very uncomfortable place to be," said Anne Coughlin, a University of Virginia School of Law professor and expert on criminal procedure.
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