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June 23, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a third time in the decade since an elderly Fullerton couple were murdered, lawyers asked a jury Monday to decide whether Richard Delmer Boyer was responsible. The 34-year-old El Monte man faces the death penalty if convicted of killing and robbing Francis Harbitz, 67, and Eileen Harbitz, 68, the parents of a friend of Boyer. The couple were stabbed numerous times on Dec. 7, 1982, and their wallets were stolen. Boyer's first trial in 1984 ended in a hung jury.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court jury recommended the death penalty Monday for Richard Delmer Boyer, who claimed that he killed a friend's parents because a drug-induced hallucination made him think he was a character in a horror movie. Sentencing for the 34-year-old El Monte man, who displayed no emotion when the verdict was read, was set for Sept. 11. The sentence will be automatically appealed.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An El Monte man Wednesday was convicted of robbing and killing a Fullerton couple in 1982. A jury will decide next month whether Richard Delmer Boyer should die for a crime he said he committed while experiencing a drug-induced hallucination. Boyer, 34, was convicted on all counts stemming from the attack on Francis and Eileen Harbitz: two of first-degree murder, two of robbery and four of using a deadly weapon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An El Monte man Wednesday was convicted of robbing and killing a Fullerton couple in 1982. A jury will decide next month whether Richard Delmer Boyer should die for a crime he said he committed while experiencing a drug-induced hallucination. Boyer, 34, was convicted on all counts stemming from the attack on Francis and Eileen Harbitz: two of first-degree murder, two of robbery and four of using a deadly weapon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court jury recommended the death penalty Monday for Richard Delmer Boyer, who claimed that he killed a friend's parents because a drug-induced hallucination made him think he was a character in a horror movie. Sentencing for the 34-year-old El Monte man, who displayed no emotion when the verdict was read, was set for Sept. 11. The sentence will be automatically appealed.
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November 28, 1989 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Supreme Court Monday ordered a new trial for a man convicted in the frenzied "Halloween II" murders of an elderly Fullerton couple in 1982. The justices let stand a March ruling by the California Supreme Court concluding that police had flagrantly violated the rights of Richard Delmer Boyer to gain a confession to the stabbing murders of Aileen and Francis Harbitz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1992 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An El Monte man was sentenced Friday to die in the gas chamber for the "unbelievably vicious" robbery and slaying of an elderly Fullerton couple who had befriended him. Richard Delmer Boyer, 34, showed little emotion as Santa Ana Superior Court Judge Donald A. McCartin refused to grant him leniency. Boyer was convicted in June for the Dec. 7, 1982, stabbings of Aileen Harbitz, 68, and her 67-year-old husband, Francis.
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March 14, 1989 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court, citing a "blunder" by police, on Monday reversed the conviction and death sentence of a man found guilty in the frenzied "Halloween II" stabbing murders of an elderly Fullerton couple in 1982. The court, in an unusual split, ruled 5 to 2 that Richard Delmer Boyer, 31, of El Monte, was entitled to a new trial because police obtained his confession in "flagrant violation" of his constitutional rights. Justice David N.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1989 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Supreme Court Monday ordered a new trial for a man convicted in the frenzied "Halloween II" murders of an elderly Fullerton couple in 1982. The justices let stand a March ruling by the California Supreme Court concluding that police had flagrantly violated the rights of Richard Delmer Boyer to gain a confession to the stabbing murders of Aileen and Francis Harbitz.
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December 13, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
White supremacist Gunner Lindberg on Friday became the first person in California to be sentenced to death because of a murder committed out of racial hatred. Before pronouncing sentence in the unprecedented case, Superior Court Judge Robert R. Fitzgerald sought to dispel any lingering doubts that the convicted 22-year-old murderer deserved to die.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a third time in the decade since an elderly Fullerton couple were murdered, lawyers asked a jury Monday to decide whether Richard Delmer Boyer was responsible. The 34-year-old El Monte man faces the death penalty if convicted of killing and robbing Francis Harbitz, 67, and Eileen Harbitz, 68, the parents of a friend of Boyer. The couple were stabbed numerous times on Dec. 7, 1982, and their wallets were stolen. Boyer's first trial in 1984 ended in a hung jury.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1991 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was three days before Karen Quiter of Yorba Linda learned that the body of the elderly man found in a clump of bushes by a Fullerton College bookstore was her 75-year-old father, John Houston Compton. It was more than 10 years before she was told by law enforcement authorities they believed that they knew who had stabbed him to death.
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