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September 25, 1991 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mother of a Palmdale man accused of sexually abusing and killing his 17-month-old goddaughter tearfully said Tuesday that she persuaded her son to surrender to authorities despite fears police might harm him. Helene Perusse, mother of Ricky Lee Earp, also testified in San Fernando Superior Court that she assumed police eventually would clear her son. "I thought it would be all a mistake," Perusse said. "I thought he was going to be let go."
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November 6, 1991 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man the defense claims was present when a 17-month-old girl was sexually molested and killed three years ago in Palmdale testified Tuesday that he was not there, but that the defendant and an investigator asked him to lie and say that he was. Dennis Morgan, who was subpoenaed by the defense, said that the defendant, Ricky Lee Earp, 29, asked him last month during a bus ride from San Fernando Superior Court back to County Jail to serve as a witness in his trial.
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November 6, 1991 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man the defense claims was present when a 17-month-old girl was sexually molested and killed three years ago in Palmdale testified Tuesday that he was not there, but that the defendant and an investigator asked him to lie and say that he was. Dennis Morgan, who was subpoenaed by the defense, said that the defendant, Ricky Lee Earp, 29, asked him last month during a bus ride from San Fernando Superior Court back to County Jail to serve as a witness in his trial.
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October 31, 1991 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Palmdale man accused of sexually abusing and killing his 17-month-old goddaughter three years ago proclaimed his innocence Wednesday in San Fernando Superior Court, and said another man was present in the house on the day the child was hospitalized. Ricky Lee Earp, 29, taking the stand in his own defense, said Dennis Morgan, a man he met in prison in 1985, came to his home unexpectedly on Aug.
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October 31, 1991 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Palmdale man accused of sexually abusing and killing his 17-month-old goddaughter three years ago proclaimed his innocence Wednesday in San Fernando Superior Court, and said another man was present in the house on the day the child was hospitalized. Ricky Lee Earp, 29, taking the stand in his own defense, said Dennis Morgan, a man he met in prison in 1985, came to his home unexpectedly on Aug.
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December 17, 1991
A Palmdale man should be sentenced to death for sexually molesting and killing his 17-month-old godchild, a jury in San Fernando Superior Court decided Monday. After deliberating for three days, jurors voted to recommend that Ricky Lee Earp, 29, be executed for raping, sodomizing and murdering Amanda Nicole Dorshier in August, 1988. The same jury convicted Earp of the crimes two weeks ago. Jurors could have recommended a lesser penalty of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
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December 3, 1991
A San Fernando Superior Court jury on Monday found a Palmdale man guilty of sexually molesting and killing his 17-month-old godchild three years ago. The jury, which deliberated for about a week, will return to court on Dec. 9 for the penalty phase of the trial to determine the sentence for Ricky Lee Earp, 29. Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert Foltz said that he will seek a death sentence. During the eight-week trial there was often conflicting testimony about what occurred on Aug.
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February 22, 1992 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Fernando Superior Court judge Friday ordered a Palmdale man executed for sexually molesting and killing his 17-month-old goddaughter, rejecting last-minute defense motions for a new trial or lesser sentence. Ricky Lee Earp, 30, showed no emotion as Judge Ronald Coen sentenced him to death for raping, sodomizing and murdering Amanda Nicole Doshier in August, 1988. "I don't have any animosity against you; I don't even know you," but "the crime you committed is monstrous," Coen told Earp.
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June 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
The state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a Palmdale man's death sentence for raping and murdering an 18-month-old child. The court unanimously rejected arguments by lawyers for Ricky Lee Earp that the trial judge had unfairly undermined defense efforts to show that another man was the killer. Earp, then 26, lived with his girlfriend at her house in Palmdale in August 1988.
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September 25, 1991 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mother of a Palmdale man accused of sexually abusing and killing his 17-month-old goddaughter tearfully said Tuesday that she persuaded her son to surrender to authorities despite fears police might harm him. Helene Perusse, mother of Ricky Lee Earp, also testified in San Fernando Superior Court that she assumed police eventually would clear her son. "I thought it would be all a mistake," Perusse said. "I thought he was going to be let go."
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August 29, 1988
A Sunnyvale construction worker wanted in connection with the sexual assault and murder of an infant left in his care surrendered Sunday to sheriff's deputies in Sacramento County, authorities said. Ricky Lee Bellice, 26, surrendered at 3 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Kathryn Nielsen. He is being held without bail for investigation of murder, the deputy added. No other details of the surrender were available from deputies in either Sacramento or Los Angeles counties.
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December 10, 1991 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Relatives of a Palmdale man convicted of sexually molesting and killing his 17-month-old godchild tearfully pleaded with a San Fernando Superior Court jury Monday to spare the man from a death sentence. "Don't kill him," begged Barbara Nusbaum, the aunt of Ricky Lee Earp, 29. "I can't imagine not having him around." Earp's mother, Helene Perusse, broke down on the witness stand before tearfully asking the jury not to recommend sentencing her son to death because "I love him" and "I need him."
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