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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.
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June 2, 2009 | Maura Dolan
The California Supreme Court unanimously upheld on Monday the death sentence of Richard Allen Davis, convicted in the 1993 kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas. Davis had challenged his conviction and sentence, contending that his confession was illegally obtained and that his case in Santa Clara County was tainted by massive pretrial publicity. Marc Klaas, Polly's father, expressed frustration Monday that Davis' appeals were taking too long. He said Polly would be 28 had she lived.
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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.
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February 18, 2001 | HELEN O'NEILL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Alone in the basement, Jeanne Boylan sketched into the night. She didn't even stop to eat, afraid that if she did, she might never continue. For more than 20 years, two faces had haunted her. In nightmares, she could still hear them taunting her, two strangers who, on a lonely country road, stole long and unforgettable hours of her life. Even today, Boylan talks about the attack haltingly. "I just wanted to forget," she says.
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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
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.
NEWS
December 7, 1993 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The parolee accused of murdering Polly Klaas has told police the 12-year-old girl was alive and hidden in the woods nearby while sheriff's deputies helped free his car from a ditch shortly after the kidnaping. In a detailed confession, twice-convicted kidnaper Richard Allen Davis said he returned to the scene and picked up Polly, then took her 31 miles to Cloverdale and strangled her, a law enforcement official said Monday. It is unclear how soon he returned or how long Polly remained alive.
NEWS
May 7, 1996 | From Associated Press
A doctor who performed the autopsy on the body of Polly Klaas testified Monday to the pitiful state of her remains, a litany of horrors that sent her family fleeing from the courtroom. Later in the day, three jurors wept as they looked at photographs of Polly's small, headless body, partially clad in a child's flannel nightgown. Others grimaced and appeared to be fighting for control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1994 | From Associated Press
Authorities charged Friday that Richard Allen Davis planned to sexually assault 12-year-old Polly Klaas when he allegedly kidnaped her from Petaluma in October. Assistant Dist. Atty. Greg Jacobs filed two additional counts against Davis in Santa Rosa Municipal Court. Davis already has been charged with murder with special circumstances, kidnaping, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, burglary and false imprisonment.
NEWS
November 6, 1996 | From Associated Press
An autopsy Tuesday shed little light on the death of a registered sex offender who was the subject of a nationwide search after allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in her home last week. Larry Wayne Cole, 55, was found dead Monday in a vineyard ditch in rural Napa County about an eighth of a mile from his car. There were no weapons, drugs, alcohol or suicide notes at the scene, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1996
The media have played right into the hands of Richard Allen Davis by repeating (ad nauseam) his evil courtroom antics ("Klaas Killer Sentenced to Die, Stuns Court," Sept. 27). Imagine the grand disappointment to him if they had been ignored. I believe this is one time when the feelings of the family should have taken priority over "the public's right to know." BETTY BRIDGEMAN- SHANNON Huntington Beach Davis has shaken my allegiance to the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.
NEWS
September 28, 1996 | From Associated Press
It was the ultimate insult, hurled at one of the gravest moments in the judicial process. The accusation: that 12-year-old Polly Klaas had been molested by her father. The accuser: Richard Allen Davis, the parolee about to be sentenced to die for killing Polly. Other defendants have erupted in court, shouted obscenities at the judge and even turned on their own attorneys. But rarely, if ever, trial observers said Friday, has one uttered the kind of malevolent insult Davis aimed at Marc Klaas.
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
August 6, 1996 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury recommended Monday that Richard Allen Davis be put to death for the kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas, a crime that horrified the nation and invigorated an anti-crime movement in California. "Yes!" exclaimed a visibly relieved Marc Klaas, Polly's father, as a court clerk read the verdict from the same jury that had convicted Davis in June of murdering Polly. A few Klaas family supporters gasped, then clapped their hands.
NEWS
August 1, 1996 | Associated Press
Jurors ended a second full day of deliberations Wednesday with no decision on whether Richard Allen Davis should die or spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of Polly Klaas. "All we can do now is to have faith they're doing what we expect them to do, which is to follow their responsibilities, to look at all of this conscientiously," defense attorney Lorena Chandler said. The jury will resume deliberations today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1996
The media have played right into the hands of Richard Allen Davis by repeating (ad nauseam) his evil courtroom antics ("Klaas Killer Sentenced to Die, Stuns Court," Sept. 27). Imagine the grand disappointment to him if they had been ignored. I believe this is one time when the feelings of the family should have taken priority over "the public's right to know." BETTY BRIDGEMAN- SHANNON Huntington Beach Davis has shaken my allegiance to the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1996 | From Times staff and wire reports
Jurors deciding whether Richard Allen Davis deserves to die for killing Polly Klaas heard fond recollections of the young Davis on Wednesday: rambunctious, lovable, "the best little boy." The defense, which hopes to persuade jurors that Davis was molded by forces beyond his control--a child cast adrift in a loveless, troubled household--began by calling his grandmother, Norma Watson Johnny, 91.
NEWS
July 19, 1996 | From Associated Press
Defense attorneys Thursday rested their case in the battle to save the life of Richard Allen Davis after his stepsister tearfully begged jurors to spare the man who killed 12-year-old Polly Klaas. "I love him. I don't want anything to happen to him," Brenda Kidd said. "I'm a Christian and I feel that Rick can change. I have been able to have a walk with the Lord and I want him to have the same opportunity." Davis, 42, was convicted June 18 of murdering Polly after kidnapping her Oct.
NEWS
July 17, 1996 | From Associated Press
The sister of Richard Allen Davis tearfully came to his defense Tuesday, describing his childhood as fractured in an effort to persuade jurors that he does not deserve to die for the murder of Polly Klaas. Darlene Schwarm, the youngest of five Davis children, continued the litany of childhood woes begun by previous defense witnesses, describing one incident in which Davis had his jaw broken by a punch from his angry father. Through it all, Schwarm and Davis developed a bond that is still strong.
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