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August 8, 1989 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
Rickey Ross, the fired Los Angeles County sheriff's narcotics investigator accused of slaying three prostitutes only to have the murder charges dropped, will not appeal his dismissal from the department, the county Civil Service Commission disclosed on Monday. Ross' attorney, Howard L. Weitzman, said an agreement had been reached with the Sheriff's Department under which Ross was allowed to resign.
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March 12, 1994 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A mistrial was declared Friday in the trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Rickey Ross, who was charged with attempting to purchase 22 pounds of cocaine from undercover officers. After almost four days of deliberation, the jury deadlocked 9 to 3 in favor of acquitting Ross of three counts of conspiracy to purchase cocaine for resale. Deputy Dist. Atty. Jane Winston said her office will probably seek to retry the case.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1994 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A mistrial was declared Friday in the trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Rickey Ross, who was charged with attempting to purchase 22 pounds of cocaine from undercover officers. After almost four days of deliberation, the jury deadlocked 9 to 3 in favor of acquitting Ross of three counts of conspiracy to purchase cocaine for resale. Deputy Dist. Atty. Jane Winston said her office will probably seek to retry the case.
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January 9, 1994 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They were both children of South-Central Los Angeles, boys from broken homes who left the neighborhood and made good. One was a baseball player known as one of the best utility men in the major leagues. The other was a cop, assigned to an elite Sheriff's Department narcotics team. During the 1980s, both their careers were derailed, they say, because of false accusations. The baseball player, former Dodger Derrel Thomas, left the major leagues amid rumors of drug use.
NEWS
January 9, 1994 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They were both children of South-Central Los Angeles, boys from broken homes who left the neighborhood and made good. One was a baseball player known as one of the best utility men in the major leagues. The other was a cop, assigned to an elite Sheriff's Department narcotics team. During the 1980s, both their careers were derailed, they say, because of false accusations. The baseball player, former Dodger Derrel Thomas, left the major leagues amid rumors of drug use.
NEWS
May 15, 1989 | From Times wire services
Murder charges against Los Angeles Sheriff's deputy Rickey Ross were dismissed today at the request of prosecutors, who cited new ballistics tests that cast doubt on earlier forensics evidence linking Ross' gun to the slayings of three South-Central Los Angeles prostitutes. Ross, 40, could have faced the death penalty if convicted. After his arrest Feb. 23, a police statement said ballistics tests positively identified the gun found in the trunk of his car as the weapon used to kill the women.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1989
The Los Angeles Civil Service Commission on Wednesday agreed to hold a hearing on the firing of veteran Sheriff's Department narcotics Det. Rickey Ross. Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block fired Ross on April 27, citing a number of allegations, including alcohol and drug abuse. Ross, 40, had been accused in February of killing three South-Central Los Angeles prostitutes, but charges were dropped last week when prosecutors said that the Los Angeles Police Department's ballistics tests were inconclusive.
NEWS
February 25, 1989 | BETTINA BOXALL and JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writers
At 6 feet 2 and more than 220 pounds, Rickey S. Ross was known by some of his colleagues as "a gentle giant," a religious man and conscientious deputy sheriff who had never been seriously disciplined in his 18 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "He was a very good officer, very well regarded," said a fellow deputy who has known Ross for years. "He was highly religious. Nobody would have ever thought of Rickey Ross. He was well-liked by everyone on the department."
NEWS
March 3, 1989 | DAVID FREED and STEPHEN BRAUN, Times Staff Writers
A turning point in the life of Deputy Sheriff Rickey Ross came one night about 10 years ago when he crashed his car into a Los Angeles church. That he escaped death in a collision with a house of the Lord was a divine urging, he told friends, a warning that life is to be led on the straight and narrow.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1989 | TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writer
The wife of Rickey Ross, the L.A. County sheriff's deputy accused of murdering three South-Central prostitutes, complained Monday that investigators have been conducting a campaign of harassment against the family. Sylvia Ross also said she believes that her husband is innocent. In a telephone interview with The Times, she said that officers repeatedly have staked out the Ross home, shining flashlights in her face when she returned at night from visiting her husband at the Los Angeles County Jail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1989 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
A fired Los Angeles County sheriff's investigator once accused of murdering three prostitutes has dropped his efforts to be reinstated to the Sheriff's Department, the county Civil Service Commission disclosed Monday. Former narcotics detective Rickey Ross spent nearly three months in County Jail after his arrest last February, then was released when prosecutors discovered that ballistics tests performed on the deputy's handgun had erroneously linked him to the slayings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1989 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
Rickey Ross, the fired Los Angeles County sheriff's narcotics investigator accused of slaying three prostitutes only to have the murder charges dropped, will not appeal his dismissal from the department, the county Civil Service Commission disclosed on Monday. Ross' attorney, Howard L. Weitzman, said an agreement had been reached with the Sheriff's Department under which Ross was allowed to resign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1989 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles County hearing officer Tuesday rejected a plea by Sheriff's Department Investigator Rickey Ross for a month's delay to prepare his fight to overturn his firing after a Sheriff's Department representative warned that postponement would mean the loss of a key witness. Ross was charged last February with murdering three South-Central Los Angeles prostitutes with his service handgun.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1989
The Los Angeles Civil Service Commission on Wednesday agreed to hold a hearing on the firing of veteran Sheriff's Department narcotics Det. Rickey Ross. Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block fired Ross on April 27, citing a number of allegations, including alcohol and drug abuse. Ross, 40, had been accused in February of killing three South-Central Los Angeles prostitutes, but charges were dropped last week when prosecutors said that the Los Angeles Police Department's ballistics tests were inconclusive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1989 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
A young prostitute who was in a parked car with veteran Los Angeles County sheriff's narcotics investigator Rickey Ross when he was arrested by police Feb. 23 said in an interview that she smoked cocaine with Ross and described him as "shaking" from fright when officers confronted him. But the prostitute, Jimmie Joann McGhee, also said that she lied to police--telling them that Ross had provided the cocaine--in order to protect herself from a...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1989 | RONALD L. SOBLE and WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writers
Saying the Los Angeles Police Department's reputation "has to be tarnished," a highly placed department source said Tuesday that police officials have decided to seek an outside review of its crime laboratory to determine how it apparently bungled the ballistics tests that led to the arrest of a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy. The review will be proposed today to Police Chief Daryl F. Gates, who was out of town Tuesday, the source said. Gates' top lieutenants are prepared to ask him to approve bringing in outside experts, possibly from the FBI and Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, "to see if the lab is functioning 100%," the source said.
NEWS
May 16, 1989 | TRACY WOOD and ROBERT W. WELKOS, Times Staff Writers
Murder charges were dismissed Monday against Rickey Ross, a veteran Los Angeles County sheriff's narcotics investigator who had been accused of slaying three South-Central prostitutes with his service handgun. Prosecutors said original ballistics tests linking Ross to the slayings had been proven wrong. The reversal appeared to be a major embarrassment for the Los Angeles Police Department, which had arrested Ross after its forensics tests purportedly linked Ross' handgun to three in a series of unsolved prostitute slayings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1989 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
A fired Los Angeles County sheriff's investigator once accused of murdering three prostitutes has dropped his efforts to be reinstated to the Sheriff's Department, the county Civil Service Commission disclosed Monday. Former narcotics detective Rickey Ross spent nearly three months in County Jail after his arrest last February, then was released when prosecutors discovered that ballistics tests performed on the deputy's handgun had erroneously linked him to the slayings.
NEWS
May 16, 1989 | TRACY WOOD and ROBERT W. WELKOS, Times Staff Writers
Murder charges were dismissed Monday against Rickey Ross, a veteran Los Angeles County sheriff's narcotics investigator who had been accused of slaying three South-Central prostitutes with his service handgun. Prosecutors said original ballistics tests linking Ross to the slayings had been proven wrong. The reversal appeared to be a major embarrassment for the Los Angeles Police Department, which had arrested Ross after its forensics tests purportedly linked Ross' handgun to three in a series of unsolved prostitute slayings.
NEWS
May 15, 1989 | From Times wire services
Murder charges against Los Angeles Sheriff's deputy Rickey Ross were dismissed today at the request of prosecutors, who cited new ballistics tests that cast doubt on earlier forensics evidence linking Ross' gun to the slayings of three South-Central Los Angeles prostitutes. Ross, 40, could have faced the death penalty if convicted. After his arrest Feb. 23, a police statement said ballistics tests positively identified the gun found in the trunk of his car as the weapon used to kill the women.
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