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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.
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February 11, 2012 | By Adolfo Flores and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Prosecutors on Friday declined to file murder charges against former Tournament of Roses official Richard Allen Munnecke, finding that DNA evidence presented by sheriff's detectives was insufficient to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The decision came two days after Munnecke, 71, was arrested at his Alhambra home in connection with the 2004 death of Donna Lee Kelly, a Buick saleswoman and a longtime Tournament of Roses volunteer. The abrupt change in course left Pasadena's tournament community trying to process the news after an already surprising couple of days.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 1988 | Leah Ollman
In the narrative unfoldings of art history, the artist is expected to follow an evolutionary course. His route is said to begin with technical training and the imitation of masters, and to culminate in a mature and well-defined style of his own.
NEWS
September 27, 1996 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Moments before a judge sentenced him to death Thursday for the murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas, Richard Allen Davis stunned a crowded courtroom by accusing the dead girl's father of molesting her. As one of Marc Klaas' friends shouted "Burn in hell, Davis!" an enraged Klaas lunged toward the killer before sheriff's deputies intercepted him and pushed him from the courtroom. Spectators gasped and there was a long, drawn-out "Ohhhh!" The episode began when Davis was telling Judge Thomas C.
NEWS
May 11, 1994 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two schoolmates of Polly Klaas described in frightening detail Tuesday how a bearded stranger with a knife abducted their friend from her Petaluma bedroom, turning a giggly sleep-over into a nightmare that ended two months later when Polly's body was found.
NEWS
September 27, 1996 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Moments before a judge sentenced him to death Thursday for the murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas, Richard Allen Davis stunned a crowded courtroom by accusing the dead girl's father of molesting her. As one of Marc Klaas' friends shouted "Burn in hell, Davis!" an enraged Klaas lunged toward the killer before sheriff's deputies intercepted him and pushed him from the courtroom. Spectators gasped and there was a long, drawn-out "Ohhhh!" The episode began when Davis was telling Judge Thomas C.
NEWS
May 30, 1996 | From Associated Press
The whirlwind defense of the man accused of killing Polly Klaas ended Wednesday as his attorneys rested their case one day after they began it. "When you leave today, you will have heard all of the evidence you're going to hear in this trial," Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Thomas Hastings told jurors before releasing them. Defense attorneys conceded at the outset of the trial that defendant Richard Allen Davis killed Polly, 12, but they denied that the crime was sexually motivated.
NEWS
July 4, 1994 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a case that began with terrifying similarities to the Polly Klaas kidnap-murder, a young girl was abducted from her home at knifepoint in the Central Valley city of Lodi on Saturday--but was found alive Sunday in a field in the Sierra foothills. Twelve-year-old Kathleen (Katie) Romanek stood up in the field and walked to her rescuers shortly after they arrested her suspected kidnaper, identified as Steve Reece Cochran, a 25-year-old transient.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2012 | By Adolfo Flores and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Prosecutors on Friday declined to file murder charges against former Tournament of Roses official Richard Allen Munnecke, finding that DNA evidence presented by sheriff's detectives was insufficient to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The decision came two days after Munnecke, 71, was arrested at his Alhambra home in connection with the 2004 death of Donna Lee Kelly, a Buick saleswoman and a longtime Tournament of Roses volunteer. The abrupt change in course left Pasadena's tournament community trying to process the news after an already surprising couple of days.
NEWS
December 4, 1993 | JENIFER WARREN and RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The FBI announced Friday that a palm print found in the bedroom of 12-year-old Polly Klaas matches that of Richard Allen Davis, the burly parolee who is the prime suspect in her abduction two months ago. Special Agent Jim R. Freeman said tests on the print--collected immediately after a knife-wielding man abducted Polly during a slumber party--show that Davis was "in the room the night of the kidnaping."
NEWS
May 30, 1996 | From Associated Press
The whirlwind defense of the man accused of killing Polly Klaas ended Wednesday as his attorneys rested their case one day after they began it. "When you leave today, you will have heard all of the evidence you're going to hear in this trial," Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Thomas Hastings told jurors before releasing them. Defense attorneys conceded at the outset of the trial that defendant Richard Allen Davis killed Polly, 12, but they denied that the crime was sexually motivated.
NEWS
April 17, 1996 | Maura Dolan, Times Legal Affairs Writer
On the opening day of the Polly Klaas murder trial Tuesday, prosecutors played an emotional tape of the 911 call Polly's mother made to police and suggested that Richard Allen Davis stalked the child before kidnapping and strangling her. The burly, graying defendant, whose long criminal history spurred passage of the state's "three strikes" sentencing law, sat blankly beside his public defenders in a black, long-sleeve shirt and gray jeans.
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November 21, 1995 | JEAN DEITZ SEXTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The trial of Polly Klaas' accused killer will be moved to San Jose, a Sonoma County judge ruled Monday over defense objections that keeping the trial in the San Francisco Bay Area will make it difficult to find an impartial jury. Superior Court Judge Lawrence Antolini chose Santa Clara County, the first choice of prosecutors, over Fresno, Los Angeles and San Diego. Antolini granted a change of venue for defendant Richard Allen Davis, 41, on Sept.
NEWS
May 11, 1994 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two schoolmates of Polly Klaas described in frightening detail Tuesday how a bearded stranger with a knife abducted their friend from her Petaluma bedroom, turning a giggly sleep-over into a nightmare that ended two months later when Polly's body was found.
NEWS
December 4, 1993 | JENIFER WARREN and RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The FBI announced Friday that a palm print found in the bedroom of 12-year-old Polly Klaas matches that of Richard Allen Davis, the burly parolee who is the prime suspect in her abduction two months ago. Special Agent Jim R. Freeman said tests on the print--collected immediately after a knife-wielding man abducted Polly during a slumber party--show that Davis was "in the room the night of the kidnaping."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 1988 | Leah Ollman
In the narrative unfoldings of art history, the artist is expected to follow an evolutionary course. His route is said to begin with technical training and the imitation of masters, and to culminate in a mature and well-defined style of his own.
NEWS
November 21, 1995 | JEAN DEITZ SEXTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The trial of Polly Klaas' accused killer will be moved to San Jose, a Sonoma County judge ruled Monday over defense objections that keeping the trial in the San Francisco Bay Area will make it difficult to find an impartial jury. Superior Court Judge Lawrence Antolini chose Santa Clara County, the first choice of prosecutors, over Fresno, Los Angeles and San Diego. Antolini granted a change of venue for defendant Richard Allen Davis, 41, on Sept.
NEWS
April 17, 1996 | Maura Dolan, Times Legal Affairs Writer
On the opening day of the Polly Klaas murder trial Tuesday, prosecutors played an emotional tape of the 911 call Polly's mother made to police and suggested that Richard Allen Davis stalked the child before kidnapping and strangling her. The burly, graying defendant, whose long criminal history spurred passage of the state's "three strikes" sentencing law, sat blankly beside his public defenders in a black, long-sleeve shirt and gray jeans.
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