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April 10, 1986
Former auto restorer John Iner Botting was sentenced Monday in Pasadena Superior Court to life in prison without possibility of parole for murdering an elderly relative to collect on the Pasadena man's estate. Attorneys for both sides said the Botting case was one of the most unusual ones they had ever handled. Botting, 33, was tried twice, but his first trial ended last year in a hung jury. After his second trial began in November, his mother, LaVerne Dennis, confessed to the murder.
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November 7, 2012 | By Joe Piasecki, Los Angeles Times
The man accused of causing a Pasadena house fire that killed two men and severely injured another last week pleaded not guilty to murder and arson charges during a brief appearance Tuesday in a Pasadena courtroom. Garth Allen Robbins, 49, a resident of the property that burned, was arraigned on 19 criminal charges, including two counts of capital murder, 15 counts of attempted murder, arson causing great bodily injury and arson of an inhabited structure. Prosecutors may seek the death penalty, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
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November 7, 2012 | By Joe Piasecki, Los Angeles Times
The man accused of causing a Pasadena house fire that killed two men and severely injured another last week pleaded not guilty to murder and arson charges during a brief appearance Tuesday in a Pasadena courtroom. Garth Allen Robbins, 49, a resident of the property that burned, was arraigned on 19 criminal charges, including two counts of capital murder, 15 counts of attempted murder, arson causing great bodily injury and arson of an inhabited structure. Prosecutors may seek the death penalty, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
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March 24, 1988 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
Pasadena defense lawyer Rayford Fountain has been indicted by the Los Angeles County Grand Jury on charges that he asked two jailhouse informants to give perjured testimony at a murder trial. The indictment, returned on March 9, was revealed Wednesday, after Fountain surrendered for arraignment before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David A. Horowitz.
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March 24, 1988 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
Pasadena defense lawyer Rayford Fountain has been indicted by the Los Angeles County Grand Jury on charges that he asked two jailhouse informants to give perjured testimony at a murder trial. The indictment, returned on March 9, was revealed Wednesday, after Fountain surrendered for arraignment before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David A. Horowitz.
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November 10, 1993
The city has filed suit against former City Manager Aurora (Dolly) Vollaire, seeking at least $84,000 in restitution for money she allegedly misspent over the past decade. Vollaire, who was city manager for 20 years and also served as city clerk, planning director and finance director, was fired in April after a city investigation found that she spent taxpayer money on personal luxuries. A criminal investigation is pending.
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June 2, 1999
An 18-year-old man charged with killing his 15-year-old former girlfriend and her twin sister pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Inglewood Municipal Judge Eudon Serrell ordered Richard Allen Washington III held without bail. On July 8, the judge will set a date for the preliminary hearing. Prosecutors will decide after the preliminary hearing whether to seek the death penalty or life in prison without parole if Washington is convicted, said Dist. Atty. spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons.
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December 1, 1988
I sit here in total and complete isolation in Los Angeles County Jail and I read, read and read some more of the Los Angeles County district attorney office's self-serving statements to the press concerning its so-called investigation into the informant system and the "possibility" that jailhouse informants "may" have committed perjury in return for favors or deals on their own cases, and I think to myself: possibility? may? These words do not apply in this issue. Perjury has been committed.
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February 17, 1988 | TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writer
Prominent Pasadena defense lawyer Rayford Fountain is under investigation for allegedly tampering with two potential witnesses in a murder trial that ended last week in its third hung jury, the district attorney's office disclosed Tuesday. No charges have yet been filed against Fountain, 50, who did not return telephone calls Tuesday. According to court documents and Deputy Los Angeles County Dist. Atty.
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April 11, 1997 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Sylmar man and his prostitute lover could face the death penalty after a jury convicted them Thursday of bludgeoning the man's wife to death to acquire her assets. Dennis Dawley, formerly a starter at the Encino-Balboa golf course, was found guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy and solicitation of murder.
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April 10, 1986
Former auto restorer John Iner Botting was sentenced Monday in Pasadena Superior Court to life in prison without possibility of parole for murdering an elderly relative to collect on the Pasadena man's estate. Attorneys for both sides said the Botting case was one of the most unusual ones they had ever handled. Botting, 33, was tried twice, but his first trial ended last year in a hung jury. After his second trial began in November, his mother, LaVerne Dennis, confessed to the murder.
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January 12, 1986 | ALAN MALTUN, Times Staff Writer
The trial of a Pasadena man accused of murdering an elderly relative is scheduled to resume Monday after the judge denied a defense request to drop the charges because the man's mother allegedly has confessed to the killing.
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April 16, 1997 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Sylmar man, who with the help of a prostitute mistress bludgeoned his wife of 35 years to death for financial gain, will spend life in prison without the possibility of parole, a jury ruled on Tuesday. Dennis Dawley, 61, a 21-year Air Force veteran and former golf starter, could have faced the death penalty after being convicted Thursday on charges of murder, conspiracy and solicitation in the 1991 death of Joan Dawley.
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