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July 21, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Dana Point computer consultant denied Monday that he killed his wife with a lethal dose of cyanide, but he admitted that he had secretly spiked a previous wife's coffee with prescription drugs. Murder defendant Richard K. Overton, who was the first witness called during the opening of the defense's case in Orange County Superior Court, also acknowledged that he had an interest in poisons and that he had been aware of, and "hurt" by, his dead wife's extramarital affairs.
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June 7, 2009 | Rong-Gong Lin II
Richard K. Overton, the subject of one of Orange County's most riveting trials who was convicted of murdering his wife, a popular school board member, by slipping her poisons in 1988, has died, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has confirmed. He was 81.
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March 12, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Superior Court judge denied defense motions Wednesday to drop a murder charge against Richard K. Overton, a part-time college professor accused of poisoning his wife with cyanide. Janet L. Overton, 46, a popular South County school board member, collapsed and died in January, 1988, as she prepared to go on an outing. The cause of death was cyanide poisoning, the coroner's office later determined. The Orange County Grand Jury indicted Overton, 63, on suspicion of murder in October.
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September 2, 1995 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Proclaiming his innocence to the end, computer consultant Richard K. Overton was sentenced Friday to life in prison for the 1988 cyanide poisoning of his wife--one of Orange County's most celebrated murder cases. Overton, 67, has no chance for parole because the murder involved a special circumstance of poisoning, a type of slaying almost unheard of in the United States. Although the mandated sentence was a foregone conclusion, the hearing took on the charged air of a drama's final act.
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August 4, 1993
Orange County Superior Court Judge David O. Carter said Tuesday he is awaiting official word from the 4th District Court of Appeal that he can dismiss the jury in the aborted murder trial of Richard K. Overton and set a new trial date in the case. Carter said he expects the necessary notification within the next week, after the district attorney's office notifies the appeals court that it does not intend to appeal the court's decision to declare a mistrial. Attorney George A. Peters Jr.
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March 23, 1993 | RENE LYNCH
The murder trial of Richard K. Overton, accused of killing his third wife with a fatal dose of cyanide, was again delayed Monday as the state Supreme Court agreed to review a lower court's ruling in the case. The trial was abruptly suspended in July when Overton suffered chest pains after several days of testifying in his own defense. Attorney Jack M.
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March 10, 1992 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Superior Court Judge David O. Carter is expected to rule today on a series of defense motions asking that murder charges be dropped against Richard K. Overton, a part-time college professor accused of the cyanide poisoning of his wife. Janet L. Overton, 46, a prominent South County school board member, died in January, 1988, after collapsing at the couple's Dana Point home as she was preparing for a family outing.
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August 25, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
Jurors in the long-recessed murder trial of Richard K. Overton said Tuesday they were disappointed that a mistrial forced them off a case that had intrigued them with allegations of marital infidelity and vengeful poisonings. "It was like watching a movie, only it was real. I really wanted to sit through the rest of it," juror Frank Richards of Placentia said. On Tuesday, Orange County Superior Court Judge David O. Carter excused jurors because a state appeals court on Aug. 2 ordered a mistrial.
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June 17, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even though the cause of Janet L. Overton's death in 1988 remained a mystery to coroner's investigators, Dorothy Boyer had her suspicions. Six months after Overton's death on Jan. 24, 1988, Boyer called sheriff's investigators. She reminded them that she had once been married to the dead woman's husband, Richard K. Overton, and that he had once tried to poison her, she testified Tuesday.
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March 21, 1995 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge ruled Monday that jurors may hear evidence that a Dana Point computer consultant accused of fatally poisoning his wife admitted spiking a previous wife's coffee with prescription drugs. Prosecutors want to present the evidence at Richard K. Overton's retrial to show a pattern. But the defense, which contends Overton is innocent, fought the move because they believe the testimony could jeopardize the defendant's right to a fair trial.
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September 2, 1995 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Proclaiming his innocence to the end, computer consultant Richard K. Overton was sentenced Friday to life in prison for the 1988 cyanide poisoning of his wife in one of Orange County's most celebrated murder cases. Overton, 67, has no chance for parole because the murder involved the special circumstance of poisoning, a type of slaying almost unheard of in the United States. Although the mandated sentence was a foregone conclusion, the hearing took on the charged air of a drama's final act.
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May 14, 1995 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard K. Overton, convicted last week of first degree murder for the cyanide poisoning of his wife, said his trial was like watching a "silly play." "I kept thinking, let's leave this silly play and go home," Overton said Saturday, during an interview at the Orange County Jail. "It took a long time to realize it was real because the whole thing has been so theatrical." Overton, a retired computer consultant, denied any involvement in his wife's death.
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May 4, 1995 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors were urged Wednesday to consider the "wicked and strange" side of accused murderer Richard K. Overton shown in private diaries when they decide whether the Dana Point computer consultant is guilty of fatally poisoning his wife with cyanide in 1988. "This is a man with two faces," Deputy Dist. Atty. Christopher J. Evans said during arguments capping the six-week retrial of Overton.
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March 29, 1995 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A defense lawyer told jurors Tuesday that natural heart failure--not cyanide--killed the wife of Richard K. Overton, the Dana Point computer consultant accused of poisoning her to death in 1988. Defense attorney George A. Peters said Janet Overton, a former trustee of the Capistrano Unified School District, had signs of heart trouble and a host of other ailments for months before she collapsed at the family's home and died.
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March 28, 1995 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors painted the picture of a hellish marriage marked by years of infidelity and mutual hatred when a retrial began here Monday in the strange and long-delayed murder case against Richard K. Overton. Reading passages from the Dana Point computer consultant's diaries, prosecutors portrayed the defendant--charged with fatally poisoning his schoolteacher wife in 1988--as a man who felt constantly rebuffed by his mate and consumed with jealousy over her suspected love affairs.
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March 21, 1995 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge ruled Monday that jurors may hear evidence that a Dana Point computer consultant accused of fatally poisoning his wife admitted spiking a previous wife's coffee with prescription drugs. Prosecutors want to present the evidence at Richard K. Overton's retrial to show a pattern. But the defense, which contends Overton is innocent, fought the move because they believe the testimony could jeopardize the defendant's right to a fair trial.
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July 24, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard K. Overton, the Dana Point man accused of poisoning his wife with cyanide, was rushed out of court Thursday and hospitalized after complaining of chest pains and dizziness. The 64-year-old murder defendant was carted from an Orange County Superior courtroom on a gurney at 2:05 p.m. and transported to Western Medical Center-Santa Ana after suffering apparent heart problems. He was listed in stable condition in the hospital's cardiac care unit.
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September 9, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking what he called "a fresh start," the attorney in the retrial of accused murderer Richard K. Overton filed a motion Wednesday asking that a new judge preside over his client's retrial. Attorney George A. Peters Jr. also said outside Orange County Superior Court that he has new evidence on the cause of death of Overton's wife, Janet, which he believes will lead to Overton's acquittal.
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May 28, 1994 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County judge Friday revoked the $100,000 bond for a Dana Point computer consultant accused of poisoning his wife with cyanide, ruling that there is enough evidence of Richard K. Overton's guilt that he should await his second trial behind bars. Overton, 66--who denies any involvement in the Jan. 24, 1988, death of his wife, Janet, a popular trustee of the Capistrano Unified School District--appeared stunned and bewildered by the decision Friday as deputies led him away.
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February 3, 1994 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County Superior Court Judge David O. Carter, who has been presiding over the sensational Richard K. Overton murder-by-poison trial, has been removed from the case by a state appeals court. In a unanimous decision issued Monday, the 4th District Court of Appeal ordered Carter to step down, ruling that a recent mistrial in the case gave the defense the right to ask that the judge be disqualified for possible bias. "I will, of course, immediately comply with the District Court's order . . .
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