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February 20, 1988 | Associated Press
A Marine Corps jury on Friday acquitted Cpl. Lindsey Scott in his second trial on charges that he sexually assaulted and tried to kill the wife of a fellow Marine in 1983. Scott, 32, of Louisville, Ky., was convicted on charges of rape, kidnaping, sodomy and attempted murder in 1983 and sentenced to 30 years in prison. That verdict was overturned on July 7 by the U.S. Military Court of Appeals on grounds that Scott had not received adequate counsel.
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April 17, 2001 | From Times wire reports
A federal judge in Alexandria ruled that felons have a constitutional right to DNA testing, and he ordered lab work for a Fairfax inmate serving a 25-year sentence for a rape he claims he did not commit. U.S. District Judge Albert V. Bryan Jr. said the Fairfax County prosecutor violated the civil rights of James Harvey by refusing to allow testing on evidence left from Harvey's 1990 rape and sodomy trial. It was the first decision of its kind in the country.
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April 17, 2001 | From Times wire reports
A federal judge in Alexandria ruled that felons have a constitutional right to DNA testing, and he ordered lab work for a Fairfax inmate serving a 25-year sentence for a rape he claims he did not commit. U.S. District Judge Albert V. Bryan Jr. said the Fairfax County prosecutor violated the civil rights of James Harvey by refusing to allow testing on evidence left from Harvey's 1990 rape and sodomy trial. It was the first decision of its kind in the country.
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January 29, 1997
A former Palmdale man Tuesday was ordered to serve two life sentences for the sexual assault and drowning of a fellow Navy courier nearly 15 years ago in Virginia, a federal prosecutor said. Richard H. Whittle, 38, who in September pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, received one life sentence for murder and a separate life sentence for rape, said Assistant U.S. Atty. Laura Everhart, who handled the case in Norfolk.
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November 15, 1990
The son of Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan Jr. was arrested and jailed Wednesday on a rape charge after an unidentified victim said she awoke Sunday to find an intruder in her apartment and was forced to have sex, police said. Robert Jeffrey Lujan, 28, who works as a house painter, was in custody in Alexandria City Jail late Wednesday and charged with rape, Alexandria police said. They said the victim's apartment is located in the same high-rise condominium where Lujan lives with his parents.
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January 20, 1991 | From Associated Press
Robert Jeffrey Lujan, son of Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan Jr., was convicted Saturday of rape, sodomy and burglary by an Alexandria Circuit Court jury. Lujan, 28, of Alexandria, was acquitted on a charge of using a weapon in connection with those crimes, according to Randolph Senger, deputy commonwealth attorney. The jury recommended a 20-year prison sentence for all three counts.
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July 7, 1987
The U.S. Court of Military Appeals, the nation's highest military court, reversed the rape-attempted murder conviction of a U.S. Marine because his civilian lawyer fell "far short of reasonable competence" in not investigating the man's alibi. The decision also set aside the 30-year prison sentence and $18,000 pay forfeiture imposed on Cpl. Lindsey Scott, who is serving the sentence at the military prison in Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.
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January 29, 1997
A former Palmdale man Tuesday was ordered to serve two life sentences for the sexual assault and drowning of a fellow Navy courier nearly 15 years ago in Virginia, a federal prosecutor said. Richard H. Whittle, 38, who in September pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, received one life sentence for murder and a separate life sentence for rape, said Assistant U.S. Atty. Laura Everhart, who handled the case in Norfolk.
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November 9, 1993 | From Associated Press
A woman sobbed on the witness stand Monday as she told the jury that she cut off her sleeping husband's penis after he had pinned her to the bed and raped her. John Wayne Bobbitt, 26, denies the accusation in his trial on a charge of marital sexual assault. His lawyer said that the sex was consensual and that Lorena Bobbitt, 24, leveled a false accusation because she was jealous and dissatisfied with his lovemaking. Lorena Bobbitt faces her own trial Nov. 29 for the mutilation.
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July 3, 1996 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Palmdale man accused of sexually assaulting and drowning a fellow Navy courier 14 years ago in Virginia confessed to the crime last week, a federal prosecutor told a U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Richard H. Whittle, 38, during an interview with federal investigators before his arrest last Wednesday, told them he was responsible for the unsolved slaying of Pamela Ann Kimbrue in March 1982, Assistant U.S. Atty. George B. Newhouse Jr. said.
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January 29, 1997
A former Palmdale man Tuesday was ordered to serve two life sentences for the sexual assault and drowning of a fellow Navy courier nearly 15 years ago in Virginia, a federal prosecutor said. Richard H. Whittle, 38, who in September pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, received one life sentence for murder and a separate life sentence for rape, said Assistant U.S. Atty. Laura Everhart, who handled the case in Norfolk.
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September 20, 1996 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Palmdale man accused of sexually assaulting and drowning a fellow Navy courier 14 years ago in Virginia pleaded guilty to the crime in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, a federal prosecutor said Thursday. Richard H. Whittle, 38, changed his not-guilty plea after a judge rejected a motion to suppress a confession Whittle gave federal investigators during an interview before his June arrest in the San Fernando Valley. "It was a very complete and detailed confession," said Assistant U.S. Atty.
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July 30, 1996 | From Associated Press
Dismissing a woman's lawsuit against two Virginia Tech football players, a judge declared unconstitutional a federal law allowing rape victims to sue their attackers for damages. U.S. District Judge Jackson Kiser, in a ruling released Monday, said Congress exceeded its constitutional authority by passing the law. Christy Brzonkala had accused athletes Antonio Morrison and James Crawford of raping her in their dormitory suite in 1994.
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July 3, 1996 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Palmdale man accused of sexually assaulting and drowning a fellow Navy courier 14 years ago in Virginia confessed to the crime last week, a federal prosecutor told a U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Richard H. Whittle, 38, during an interview with federal investigators before his arrest last Wednesday, told them he was responsible for the unsolved slaying of Pamela Ann Kimbrue in March 1982, Assistant U.S. Atty. George B. Newhouse Jr. said.
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June 28, 1996 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fourteen years after the crime, a Palmdale man has been charged with murder in the rape and drowning of a fellow Navy message courier in Norfolk, Va., authorities said Thursday. Richard Hugh Whittle, 38, a Palmdale resident who worked various odd jobs at a clinical laboratory in Burbank, appeared in court Thursday charged with the March 25, 1982, murder of Pamela Ann Kimbrue of Bay City, Mich.
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November 9, 1993 | From Associated Press
A woman sobbed on the witness stand Monday as she told the jury that she cut off her sleeping husband's penis after he had pinned her to the bed and raped her. John Wayne Bobbitt, 26, denies the accusation in his trial on a charge of marital sexual assault. His lawyer said that the sex was consensual and that Lorena Bobbitt, 24, leveled a false accusation because she was jealous and dissatisfied with his lovemaking. Lorena Bobbitt faces her own trial Nov. 29 for the mutilation.
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September 20, 1996 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Palmdale man accused of sexually assaulting and drowning a fellow Navy courier 14 years ago in Virginia pleaded guilty to the crime in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, a federal prosecutor said Thursday. Richard H. Whittle, 38, changed his not-guilty plea after a judge rejected a motion to suppress a confession Whittle gave federal investigators during an interview before his June arrest in the San Fernando Valley. "It was a very complete and detailed confession," said Assistant U.S. Atty.
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November 17, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 48-year-old woman testified in Alexandria, Va., General District Court that Robert Jeffrey Lujan, 28, the son of Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan Jr., raped her last week. Lujan was ordered held without bond while the case goes to a grand jury. The woman said she awakened in her apartment to find a naked man with a shotgun standing over her bed. The woman said she and the man talked and walked around for about two hours before he forced her to have sex.
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May 21, 1992 | ROBERT L. JACKSON and DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roger Keith Coleman, the convicted Virginia murderer who had insisted he was innocent and who had won many supporters during his last months, was executed in the electric chair Wednesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeals. Coleman, 33, was pronounced dead at 8:38 p.m. PDT by a prison doctor at Greensville Correctional Center, 60 miles south of Richmond.
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February 22, 1991 | Associated Press
The son of Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan Jr. was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for breaking into a woman's apartment and raping her. Robert Jeffrey Lujan, 28, of Alexandria, was convicted last month on charges of rape, sodomy and burglary. He was acquitted in Alexandria Circuit Court of using a weapon in connection with those crimes. During the trial, the defense acknowledged that Lujan had sex with the woman but said it was with her consent.
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