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April 16, 1993
A 22-year-old man pleaded not guilty Thursday to the murder of two Compton policemen during a traffic stop in February. He could be eligible for the death penalty if convicted. Regis Deon Thomas of San Pedro also pleaded not guilty to an unrelated January, 1992, murder. Compton Municipal Court Commissioner John Ladner ordered Thomas back in court May 24 for setting a preliminary hearing date. Officers Kevin Michael Burrell, 29, and James Wayne MacDonald, 23, were shot to death Feb.
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August 16, 1995 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge sentenced a 25-year-old reputed gang member to death Tuesday for the execution-style slayings of two Compton police officers in 1993 and the murder of a third man a year before. Judge Edward A. Ferns read the detailed execution order to a stoic Regis Deon Thomas after an emotional hourlong hearing in which the officers' parents and Compton's police chief pleaded for the death penalty while Thomas, his wife and his mother pleaded for mercy.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1995 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge sentenced a 25-year-old reputed gang member to death Tuesday for the execution-style slayings of two Compton police officers in 1993 and the murder of a third man a year before. Judge Edward A. Ferns read the detailed execution order to a stoic Regis Deon Thomas after an emotional hourlong hearing in which the officers' parents and Compton's police chief pleaded for the death penalty while Thomas, his wife and his mother pleaded for mercy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1995 | EMILY ADAMS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Superior Court jury Friday recommended that reputed gang member Regis Deon Thomas be put to death for killing Compton Police Officers Kevin Michael Burrell and James Wayne MacDonald in February, 1993. One juror in the Downtown courtroom sobbed audibly and most of the panel looked pale and shaken as their unanimous recommendation in the penalty phase of the trial was read after more than eight days of deliberations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1995 | EMILY ADAMS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Superior Court jury Friday recommended that reputed gang member Regis Deon Thomas be put to death for killing Compton Police Officers Kevin Michael Burrell and James Wayne MacDonald in February, 1993. One juror in the Downtown courtroom sobbed audibly and most of the panel looked pale and shaken as their unanimous recommendation in the penalty phase of the trial was read after more than eight days of deliberations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1994 | EMILY ADAMS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
By most accounts, Calvin Cooksey was treated like royalty. The key witness in the murders of two Compton police officers, he was put up in a nice hotel where $8,500 worth of lodging and meals were paid for by the city of Compton. The city also gave him $2,500 in "relocation" cash and promised a share of reward money. The district attorney's office dropped a weapons possession charge. It was not enough.
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June 3, 1993
A city memorial service for two police officers who were shot in the line of duty in February will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Cal State Dominguez Hills. The service for Kevin Michael Burrell and reserve officer James Wayne MacDonald, the only officers shot to death on duty in the city's history, was postponed for more than three months while police investigated the killings, said police Lt. Steve Roller. In April, Regis Deon Thomas of San Pedro was arrested and charged with the officers' murders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1995
A witness whose mother was killed after a death threat has been sent to jail for refusing to testify about the murder of two Compton policemen, claiming the defendant's gang friends were out to kill him, too. Judge Edward A. Ferns sent Calvin Cooksey, 33, to County Jail on Wednesday without bail until he testifies or until the end of the trial. The judge ordered Cooksey back in court Monday to take the stand again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1993
A man who surrendered to police this week was charged Wednesday with killing two Compton police officers in February and also with a 1992 murder. Regis Deon Thomas, 22, is scheduled to be arraigned on three murder charges today and on charges of possessing and concealing a weapon, said Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti. He identified the victim in the third slaying as Carlos Adkins, who was shot to death Jan. 31, 1992, in an apartment in Torrance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1995
A man who is a key witness in the case of two slain Compton police officers--and who has fled the state to avoid testifying--has filed suit against Compton and the county over the death of his mother. Calvin Cooksey, who is considered the linchpin in the prosecution's case against Regis Deon Thomas, 23, in the killing of the police officers, said his mother was shot in retaliation for his testimony during a 1993 preliminary hearing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1994 | EMILY ADAMS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
By most accounts, Calvin Cooksey was treated like royalty. The key witness in the murders of two Compton police officers, he was put up in a nice hotel where $8,500 worth of lodging and meals were paid for by the city of Compton. The city also gave him $2,500 in "relocation" cash and promised a share of reward money. The district attorney's office dropped a weapons possession charge. It was not enough.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1993
A 22-year-old man pleaded not guilty Thursday to the murder of two Compton policemen during a traffic stop in February. He could be eligible for the death penalty if convicted. Regis Deon Thomas of San Pedro also pleaded not guilty to an unrelated January, 1992, murder. Compton Municipal Court Commissioner John Ladner ordered Thomas back in court May 24 for setting a preliminary hearing date. Officers Kevin Michael Burrell, 29, and James Wayne MacDonald, 23, were shot to death Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1998
A jury on Friday found the city of Compton liable for the death of a woman whose son had been threatened about testifying in a double-murder case. Jurors, however, awarded the son no damages. The verdicts capped a 16-day trial in which Calvin Cooksey contended that investigators failed to warn his mother, Viola Woods, after he received a death threat.
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