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August 22, 1991 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nadia Puente thought she was going to help a teacher unload some books when she entered a gray car while walking home from school the afternoon of March 20, 1989. Early the next morning, the body of the 9-year-old Santa Ana girl was found stuffed in a silver trash can at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. Authorities allege that Nadia was kidnaped, sexually assaulted and killed by Richard Lucio DeHoyos, 34, a former assistant manager of a Taco Bell restaurant in Westminster.
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August 28, 1993 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Texas drifter who kidnaped, raped and killed a 9-year-old girl four years ago was sentenced Friday to die in the gas chamber, after the girl's mother made an impassioned plea to the judge. "You don't know how long I've been waiting for this moment," Sara Puente told the judge before he sentenced Richard Lucio DeHoyos, 36. "That bastard deserves to be put away in a box six feet underground, and even that's being kind to someone like him."
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October 8, 1991 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After considering whether to take the witness stand to express remorse and plead for his life, Richard Lucio DeHoyos on Monday decided to let his attorneys try to persuade a jury not to sentence him to death for killing 9-year-old Nadia Puente. If the jury, which will begin deliberations this morning, does not sentence him to die in the state's gas chamber, DeHoyos, 34, will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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August 28, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Texas drifter who kidnaped, raped and killed a 9-year-old schoolgirl four years ago was sentenced Friday to die in the gas chamber after the victim's mother made an impassioned plea to the judge. "You don't know how long I've been waiting for this moment," Sara Puente told the judge before he sentenced Richard Lucio DeHoyos, 36. He "deserves to be put away in a box six feet underground and even that's being kind to someone like him."
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October 1, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An Orange County Superior Court jury decided that Richard Lucio DeHoyos was sane when he sexually assaulted and murdered a 9-year-old girl. The action set the stage to determine whether he should be sentenced to death. "I want to see him dead," said Sara Puente, mother of the slain schoolgirl, Nadia Puente, after the verdict was announced. "That is what he deserves." The defense had presented testimony from an array of psychotherapists about DeHoyos' brain damage and personality disorder.
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January 24, 1990 | ALLISON SAMUELS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles man has been ordered to stand trial in Orange County Superior Court in last year's kidnap and murder of a 9-year-old Santa Ana girl. Richard Lucio DeHoyos, 31, was arrested in April in San Antonio, Tex., in the slaying of Nadia Puente, who disappeared in March on her way home from school. Her body was found in a trash can the next day in Los Angeles' Griffith Park. She had been sexually molested and slain.
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August 28, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Texas drifter who kidnaped, raped and killed a 9-year-old schoolgirl four years ago was sentenced Friday to die in the gas chamber after the victim's mother made an impassioned plea to the judge. "You don't know how long I've been waiting for this moment," Sara Puente told the judge before he sentenced Richard Lucio DeHoyos, 36. He "deserves to be put away in a box six feet underground and even that's being kind to someone like him."
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October 1, 1991 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County Superior Court jury decided Monday that Richard Lucio DeHoyos was sane when he sexually assaulted and murdered a 9-year-old girl, setting the final stage to determine whether he should be sentenced to death. "I want to see him dead," said Sara Puente, mother of the slain school girl, Nadia Puente, after the verdict was announced. "That is what he deserves. Nothing less than death."
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May 28, 1993 | RENE LYNCH
Richard Lucio DeHoyos was fully aware of his actions when he kidnaped, raped and murdered a 9-year-old schoolgirl, a jury concluded Thursday, clearing the way for prosecutors who want DeHoyos condemned to death for his crimes. DeHoyos, 35, was convicted last month of the March 20, 1989, slaying of Nadia Puente, but his defense attorney claimed that he was insane at the time of the murder and, therefore, should not be held criminally responsible.
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May 14, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A psychiatrist testified Thursday that child murderer Richard Lucio DeHoyos tried to persuade her that he was insane, but that she also found evidence of a brain disorder that he could not have faked. Dr. Consuella M. Edwards, recently retired, said she knew DeHoyos was "malingering" during psychiatric evaluations she conducted in 1991 by claiming that he could not recall certain events and repeatedly telling her that others considered him crazy.
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June 15, 1993 | LILY DIZON and RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Superior Court jury recommended Monday that a Texas drifter die in the gas chamber for kidnaping, raping and murdering a 9-year-old schoolgirl. Jurors deliberated a little more than four days before deciding that Richard Lucio DeHoyos, 35, should be sentenced to death for the March 29, 1989, slaying of Nadia Puente of Santa Ana. The child's body was found stuffed in a garbage can in Los Angeles' Griffith Park. DeHoyos pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Defense attorney Milton C.
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June 3, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Character witnesses for Richard Lucio DeHoyos--including one whose sister and aunt were brutally raped and murdered--asked a Superior Court jury Wednesday to spare the convicted murderer's life. As DeHoyos' death penalty hearing opened, Ruben Martinez, 58, of Panama, who was DeHoyos' landlord in the early 1980s in that country, testified that DeHoyos was a good man who never hurt anyone. Martinez was one of several defense witnesses who asked that DeHoyos' life be spared.
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May 28, 1993 | RENE LYNCH
Richard Lucio DeHoyos was fully aware of his actions when he kidnaped, raped and murdered a 9-year-old schoolgirl, a jury concluded Thursday, clearing the way for prosecutors who want DeHoyos condemned to death for his crimes. DeHoyos, 35, was convicted last month of the March 20, 1989, slaying of Nadia Puente, but his defense attorney claimed that he was insane at the time of the murder and, therefore, should not be held criminally responsible.
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May 26, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Lucio DeHoyos must have been insane when he kidnaped, raped and murdered a 9-year-old girl because no one in his right mind would commit such a heinous crime, his attorney told jurors Tuesday. Defense attorney Milton C. Grimes pleaded with jurors to decide that his client was insane on March 20, 1989, when he killed Nadia Puente in a motel room.
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May 14, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A psychiatrist testified Thursday that child murderer Richard Lucio DeHoyos tried to persuade her that he was insane, but that she also found evidence of a brain disorder that he could not have faked. Dr. Consuella M. Edwards, recently retired, said she knew DeHoyos was "malingering" during psychiatric evaluations she conducted in 1991 by claiming that he could not recall certain events and repeatedly telling her that others considered him crazy.
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May 13, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Convicted murderer Richard Lucio DeHoyos told jurors Wednesday that he killed and sodomized a 9-year-old Santa Ana girl while in a rage over losing his job at a fast-food restaurant earlier that day. Taking the witness stand for the first time since the 1989 slaying of Nadia Puente, DeHoyos, 35, said he wanted to kill the Taco Bell manager who fired him, but instead took his anger out on Nadia. He said he later apologized to her lifeless body.
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August 28, 1993 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Texas drifter who kidnaped, raped and killed a 9-year-old girl four years ago was sentenced Friday to die in the gas chamber, after the girl's mother made an impassioned plea to the judge. "You don't know how long I've been waiting for this moment," Sara Puente told the judge before he sentenced Richard Lucio DeHoyos, 36. "That bastard deserves to be put away in a box six feet underground, and even that's being kind to someone like him."
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May 11, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Drifter Richard Lucio DeHoyos was convicted Monday of kidnaping, raping and murdering a 9-year-old Santa Ana girl whom he lured into his car by posing as a schoolteacher. The verdict marked the second time an Orange County Superior Court jury has found DeHoyos, 35, guilty of the March 20, 1989, slaying of Nadia Puente, whose body was found stuffed in a garbage can in Los Angeles' Griffith Park.
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May 5, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An attorney for Richard Lucio DeHoyos told jurors Tuesday that his client is responsible for the death of a 9-year-old Santa Ana girl in a motel room but asked them to acquit DeHoyos of the most serious charges that could send him to the gas chamber. Defense attorney Milton C. Grimes said DeHoyos, a 34-year-old drifter, is mentally ill and incapable of forming the intent to murder. But Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert C. Gannon Jr.
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