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May 10, 1989
Jurors in the Randy Steven Kraft trial begin their 10th day of deliberations today. But they might not reach a verdict until next week, some observers say, pointing to how little help jurors have sought from the judge or the lawyers. Kraft, 44, is on trial in Santa Ana, charged with the murders of 16 young men in Orange County. If he is convicted, his trial could move into a penalty phase where he could be linked to up to 29 other murders, including six in Oregon and two in Michigan.
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June 8, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
Prosecutors in the penalty phase of the Randy Steven Kraft trial presented evidence Tuesday indicating that an Oregon doctor treated Kraft for an injury to his big toe on the same day in 1981 that a youth was killed nearby from blows to his head. The youth, Michael Duane Cluck, 17, was one of the few victims linked with Kraft who was hit rather than strangled. Most of the victims, prosecutors have said, were too drugged to resist their attacker. Prosecutors theorize that Kraft probably injured his foot kicking Cluck in the back of the head.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1989
Jurors in the Randy Steven Kraft trial returned to their hotel Monday after a third day of deliberations, which they are to resume at 9 a.m. today. Kraft, 44, is on trial in Santa Ana for the murders of 16 young men in Orange County. If he is convicted, his trial will move into a penalty phase during which prosecutors may try to link Kraft to as many as 29 other murders, including six in Oregon and two in Michigan. Superior Court Judge Donald A. McCartin and his staff were in the courtroom to aid the jurors in case they asked for any clarifications of instructions, or to have any testimony read again.
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May 13, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
She sat in the courtroom at the Randy Steven Kraft trial, always in the same seat three rows back, small, quiet, the pain of hearing the proceedings etched on her face. On some days for Shirley DeVaul, the pain overflowed in tears. It happened the day Deputy Dist. Atty. Bryan F. Brown showed jurors, in wide-screen, gruesome color, pictures of her son's body, which was found part way down a cliff in the Angeles National Forest. There also were pictures found at Kraft's house, portraying her son in death, his wrists bound and a wide strangulation mark on his neck.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
The judge in the Randy Steven Kraft trial on Thursday denied the defense's newest effort to keep out of the case damaging statements Kraft made to Long Beach police in 1975. Kraft's lawyers claimed that a recent state Supreme Court ruling was grounds for throwing out Kraft's admission to police that he had driven Keith Daven Crotwell to Orange County on Easter weekend in 1975. Crotwell, whose skeletal remains were found in Laguna Hills later that year, is one of 16 men Kraft is charged with killing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
Prosecutors in the penalty phase of the Randy Steven Kraft trial presented evidence Tuesday indicating that an Oregon doctor treated Kraft for an injury to his big toe on the same day in 1981 that a youth was killed nearby from blows to his head. The youth, Michael Duane Cluck, 17, was one of the few victims linked with Kraft who was hit rather than strangled. Most of the victims, prosecutors have said, were too drugged to resist their attacker. Prosecutors theorize that Kraft probably injured his foot kicking Cluck in the back of the head.
NEWS
May 13, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
She sat in the courtroom at the Randy Steven Kraft trial, always in the same seat three rows back, small, quiet, the pain of hearing the proceedings etched on her face. On some days for Shirley DeVaul, the pain overflowed in tears. It happened the day Deputy Dist. Atty. Bryan F. Brown showed jurors, in wide-screen, gruesome color, pictures of her son's body, which was found part way down a cliff in the Angeles National Forest. There also were pictures found at Kraft's house, portraying her son in death, his wrists bound and a wide strangulation mark on his neck.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1988 | Staff Writer Jerry Hicks
Prosecutors in the Randy Steven Kraft murder trial say a paper with 61 entries, found in his car trunk when he was arrested May 14, 1983, is a death list--Kraft's own score card of how many young men he had killed dating back to late 1971. Kraft's attorneys deny it is a death list, and call it meaningless information that will only inflame his jury. Kraft himself, in a 1983 interview, called the list nothing more than references to friends of his and his roommate at the time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1988
The prosecution in the Randy Steven Kraft murder trial closed its case Wednesday with testimony by a toxicologist on the levels of alcohol and drugs found in the blood of Kraft's 16 alleged victims. The trial will recess until Jan. 9, when the defense is to begin its case. During the week of Dec. 14, Kraft's attorneys are expected to argue at a hearing before the judge that some or all of the charges against Kraft should be dismissed for lack of evidence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1988
The judge in the Randy Steven Kraft murder trial met Monday with the two jurors who asked to be excused from the trial for hardship reasons but delayed until Wednesday a decision on whether to relieve them. The two jurors--one on the regular jury of 12 and one among the eight alternates--reported to the court Thursday that they did not discover until after they were selected that the length of the trial would cause them problems at work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1989
Jurors in the Randy Steven Kraft trial begin their 10th day of deliberations today. But they might not reach a verdict until next week, some observers say, pointing to how little help jurors have sought from the judge or the lawyers. Kraft, 44, is on trial in Santa Ana, charged with the murders of 16 young men in Orange County. If he is convicted, his trial could move into a penalty phase where he could be linked to up to 29 other murders, including six in Oregon and two in Michigan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1989
Jurors in the Randy Steven Kraft trial returned to their hotel Monday after a third day of deliberations, which they are to resume at 9 a.m. today. Kraft, 44, is on trial in Santa Ana for the murders of 16 young men in Orange County. If he is convicted, his trial will move into a penalty phase during which prosecutors may try to link Kraft to as many as 29 other murders, including six in Oregon and two in Michigan. Superior Court Judge Donald A. McCartin and his staff were in the courtroom to aid the jurors in case they asked for any clarifications of instructions, or to have any testimony read again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
The judge in the Randy Steven Kraft trial on Thursday denied the defense's newest effort to keep out of the case damaging statements Kraft made to Long Beach police in 1975. Kraft's lawyers claimed that a recent state Supreme Court ruling was grounds for throwing out Kraft's admission to police that he had driven Keith Daven Crotwell to Orange County on Easter weekend in 1975. Crotwell, whose skeletal remains were found in Laguna Hills later that year, is one of 16 men Kraft is charged with killing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1989
Jurors in the Randy Steven Kraft murder trial in Santa Ana completed their second full day of deliberations Thursday without reaching a decision about whether he should be executed or sentenced to life without parole. Some of the jurors asked for smoke breaks, and they have buzzed the courtroom when they wanted to go to lunch. But otherwise, they have been extremely quiet, and have had no questions about the jury instructions nor requests for testimony to be re-read.
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