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March 3, 1993 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY and RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A heavily armed cult leader who has held federal agents at bay for three days promised to surrender himself and scores of followers Tuesday, but the time set for their capitulation came and went without any break in the increasingly tense standoff. Throughout the day, there were intimations of a pending end to the conflict between David Koresh, his followers and as many as 400 federal agents gathered at the cult's 77-acre compound 10 miles from Waco, in central Texas.
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August 17, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The escaped convict who allegedly killed a policeman during a Christmas Eve robbery pleaded for forgiveness and said he deserved to die in a 21-page written confession shown to the jury. George Rivas also told police he hoped Officer Aubrey Hawkins' wife would gain "some sort of peace of mind" when he was executed for killing her husband. Jurors were shown Rivas' Jan. 22 statement to police on the fourth day of the capital murder trial.
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December 26, 2000 | From Associated Press
Seven convicts who escaped from prison two weeks ago have been accused in the slaying of a police officer who was shot as he tried to break up a Christmas Eve robbery at a sporting goods store. Capital murder charges have been filed against all seven, who remained on the loose Monday, officials said. Officer Aubry Hawkins, 29, was gunned down shortly after arriving at Oshman's Sporting Goods in response to a call from a store employee, police said.
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December 29, 2000 | CLAUDIA KOLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A sophisticated but vicious armed robber appears to be the leader of seven escaped Texas prisoners suspected of murdering a policeman, authorities said Thursday--and they fear the escapees might be planning a violent showdown with police. A Christmas Eve heist in Irving, Texas, in which Officer Aubrey Hawkins was slain, bore marked similarities to the El Paso robberies that landed escapee George Rivas in jail in 1994.
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March 4, 1993 | RICHARD A. SERRANO and STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As messianic cult leader David Koresh and more than 100 followers awaited "instructions from God" before agreeing to surrender their armed prairie fortress, a well-supplied force of law enforcement officials laid groundwork Wednesday for a long siege, vowing not to risk another bloody assault on the compound. Two high-ranking federal officials acknowledged publicly that last Sunday's raid on the Branch Davidian complex near Waco, which left four U.S.
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December 18, 1988 | PETER H. BROWN
Texans rape, pillage, plunder and kill with a flair--a dubious distinction but a distinction nonetheless. That's not to suggest that we do it expertly or even well, just somehow different. --Reporter Mike Cochran Late on an August afternoon in 1986, San Antonio policeman Farrell Tucker pulled out his .357 Magnum and killed his best friend, detective Stephen Smith.
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July 15, 1993 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Song ' I got a tech-9 now his smokin' ass is mine . . . Comin' quickly up the streets is the punk ass police the first one jumped out and said freeze . I popped him in his knees . ' "Crooked Ass Nigga" from recording "2PACALYPSE NOW" by Tupac Amaru Shakur * Ronald Ray Howard, who was sentenced to death Wednesday by a jury here, says he can still hear the scream of the highway patrolman he gunned down 15 months ago during a routine traffic stop on a dark road near Houston.
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March 21, 1989 | from Associated Press
A judge's last-minute intervention kept Randall Dale Adams in prison Monday as he was about to walk free after serving 12 years in prison on a controversial conviction for the killing of a police officer. District Judge Ron Chapman reset Adams' bond at $100,000, superseding another judge's decision to release Adams simply on a promise to appear in court.
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September 17, 1992 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Popular music is back in the courtroom--on a murder charge. Six weeks after Time Warner Inc. and Ice-T pulled the controversial "Cop Killer" song off the market, an unprecedented legal battle over another album released by a Time Warner subsidiary promises to reopen the bitter national debate over artistic expression, free speech and corporate responsibility.
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December 1, 1988
Texas Death Row inmate David Harris admitted to a state district judge that he killed a Dallas police officer 12 years ago, not Randall Dale Adams, who is serving a life sentence for the crime. "I'm responsible for a grave injustice," he said. The case was the subject of the film "The Thin Blue Line," a documentary released earlier this year that questioned Adams' conviction.
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December 26, 2000 | From Associated Press
Seven convicts who escaped from prison two weeks ago have been accused in the slaying of a police officer who was shot as he tried to break up a Christmas Eve robbery at a sporting goods store. Capital murder charges have been filed against all seven, who remained on the loose Monday, officials said. Officer Aubry Hawkins, 29, was gunned down shortly after arriving at Oshman's Sporting Goods in response to a call from a store employee, police said.
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October 13, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who killed a deputy sheriff intervening in a family dispute in 1987 was executed by lethal injection on Tuesday in a prison in Huntsville, Texas. Alvin Crane, 41, was the 26th person put to death in Texas this year and the 190th since the state resumed capital punishment after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a national ban in 1976. Both figures lead the nation. Crane was executed for killing Ochiltree County Deputy Sheriff Melvin Drum on March 28, 1987, with a shotgun.
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July 8, 1998 | From Associated Press
A man fatally shot a mother and daughter in a predawn attack at their home Tuesday, then ambushed a group of law officers searching for him, killing two Border Patrol agents. The slayings of agents Susan Lynn Rodriguez, 28, and Ricardo Guillermo Salinas, 24, brought to four the number of federal Border Patrol agents killed on the job this year. Rodriguez is the first woman Border Patrol agent to die in the line of duty.
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January 25, 1994 | From Associated Press
A federal agent testifying Monday in the murder trial of 11 Branch Davidians described how he climbed, wounded, to the roof of the cult compound during a cease-fire Feb. 28 to retrieve the bodies two colleagues slain in the gun battle with the cult. "I said . . . 'We need to go back and get our dead,' " said Gerald Petrilli, who was wounded in the hands and arms.
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January 13, 1994 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In opening statements Wednesday, defense attorneys for surviving members of the Branch Davidian cult argued that federal firearms officials caused the death of their own agents last February by forcibly invading the "peaceful, religious life" of the group near Waco, Tex.
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July 15, 1993 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Song ' I got a tech-9 now his smokin' ass is mine . . . Comin' quickly up the streets is the punk ass police the first one jumped out and said freeze . I popped him in his knees . ' "Crooked Ass Nigga" from recording "2PACALYPSE NOW" by Tupac Amaru Shakur * Ronald Ray Howard, who was sentenced to death Wednesday by a jury here, says he can still hear the scream of the highway patrolman he gunned down 15 months ago during a routine traffic stop on a dark road near Houston.
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July 22, 1987 | United Press International
Police captured a jail trusty accused of killing a deputy and fleeing in a stolen truck when bloodhounds cornered the fugitive in bushes about five miles from the jail. Officers apprehended James Herbert Mann, 27, of Houston on Monday night.
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March 24, 1989 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, Times Staff Writer
The man whose wrongful conviction became a celebrated case because of a movie won his unconditional freedom Thursday, but not before a series of events that cast a pall on the Dallas justice system. All charges against Randall Dale Adams, convicted in 1976 of murdering a policeman, were dropped by Dallas Dist. Atty. John Vance, who said there was not enough evidence to justify a retrial.
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March 8, 1993 | Associated Press
A police officer's 14-year-old son, apparently enraged by being disciplined for a bad grade, opened fire from a house and killed a police officer and wounded three civilians, then later was found dead, police said. The three wounded were listed in serious condition Sunday at two hospitals. Two of the victims were teen-agers and the third was an older brother of one of the youths.
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March 4, 1993 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Law enforcement and tactical experts across the country on Wednesday expressed dismay over the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms' handling of a Sunday confrontation with a messianic cult that left four federal agents and at least two cult members dead.
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