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September 22, 1991 | LAURIE BECKLUND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Lewis sat in the chilly Sheriff's Department interview room with a cup of coffee, a jailhouse blanket over his shoulders and a veteran homicide detective's intense blue eyes staring him in the face. The detective, Sgt. Mike Lee, watched as the man he had been hunting for six days straight confessed on videotape to a series of random "mall murders" that had terrorized the San Gabriel Valley in late August. At one point, a single silent sob racked Lewis' body.
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January 21, 1993 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three of the four people convicted of a brutal 1991 kidnap-and-murder rampage dubbed the "mall murders" were spared the death sentence Wednesday by a Pomona jury that--in an unusual move--issued a plea against child abuse. After deliberating for less than a day, the Superior Court jurors recommended life in state prison without possibility of parole for Vincent Hubbard, 27; Robbin Machuca, 27, and Eileen Huber, 21.
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January 21, 1993 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three of the four people convicted of a brutal 1991 kidnap-and-murder rampage dubbed the "mall murders" were spared the death sentence Wednesday by a Pomona jury that--in an unusual move--issued a plea against child abuse. After deliberating for less than a day, the Superior Court jurors recommended life in state prison without possibility of parole for Vincent Hubbard, 27; Robbin Machuca, 27, and Eileen Huber, 21.
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October 24, 1991
A Dec. 2 preliminary hearing has been set for four defendants accused in the series of five San Gabriel Valley kidnap-murders dubbed the "mall murders." The four defendants--John Lewis, Vincent Hubbard, Robin Machuca and Eileen Huber--appeared briefly Wednesday in Citrus Municipal Court in West Covina with their attorneys. Judge Fred Felix said the hearing will take one week. Felix kept in place a gag order sealing the case and preventing attorneys from talking to reporters.
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October 24, 1991
A Dec. 2 preliminary hearing has been set for four defendants accused in the series of five San Gabriel Valley kidnap-murders dubbed the "mall murders." The four defendants--John Lewis, Vincent Hubbard, Robin Machuca and Eileen Huber--appeared briefly Wednesday in Citrus Municipal Court in West Covina with their attorneys. Judge Fred Felix said the hearing will take one week. Felix kept in place a gag order sealing the case and preventing attorneys from talking to reporters.
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September 26, 1991
Additional murder charges and conspiracy charges have been filed against suspects in the so-called "mall murders," the three summer killings in the San Gabriel Valley. John Lewis, 21, and Eileen Huber, 20, were charged in the July 5 murder and robbery in Monrovia of Jose Avina, 22, of Norwalk. Lewis also was charged in the Aug. 4 robbery and murder of Augustine Ramirez, 53, of West Covina.
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November 22, 1991
Four suspects accused of five San Gabriel Valley kidnapings and slayings called the "mall murders" pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday after being indicted by the county grand jury. The four--John Lewis, Vincent Hubbard, Eileen Huber and Robbin Machuca--also pleaded not guilty to new criminal charges added to the alleged summer crime rampage. The new charges involve a couple robbed and kidnaped Aug.
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March 4, 1993 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The young ringleader of a group dubbed the "mall murderers" was sentenced Wednesday to death and his three cohorts were ordered to spend their lives in prison for a series of slayings and kidnapings in the San Gabriel Valley in 1991. John Irving Lewis, 22, handcuffed with his feet shackled in chains, sat impassively as Pomona Superior Court Judge Clarence Stromwall said he must die in the gas chamber at San Quentin State Prison.
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November 24, 1991 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four suspects accused of five San Gabriel Valley kidnapings and slayings called the "mall murders" have pleaded not guilty after being indicted by a Los Angeles County Grand Jury. The four--John Lewis, Vincent Hubbard, Eileen Huber and Robbin Machuca--also entered similar pleas in Los Angeles Superior Court to new criminal charges in the summer crime rampage. The new allegations involve a young couple who were robbed and kidnaped at gunpoint Aug. 14 in West Covina.
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October 29, 2004 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
An attorney for suspected serial killer Chester Dewayne Turner said Thursday that his client intends to fight charges that he murdered 10 women over more than a decade. "We plan to plead not guilty and vigorously defend the case," said John Tyre, appointed by a judge to represent Turner. Tyre's comments came after a brief hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court, where Turner made his first appearance in the case.
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September 26, 1991
Additional murder charges and conspiracy charges have been filed against suspects in the so-called "mall murders," the three summer killings in the San Gabriel Valley. John Lewis, 21, and Eileen Huber, 20, were charged in the July 5 murder and robbery in Monrovia of Jose Avina, 22, of Norwalk. Lewis also was charged in the Aug. 4 robbery and murder of Augustine Ramirez, 53, of West Covina.
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September 22, 1991 | LAURIE BECKLUND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Lewis sat in the chilly Sheriff's Department interview room with a cup of coffee, a jailhouse blanket over his shoulders and a veteran homicide detective's intense blue eyes staring him in the face. The detective, Sgt. Mike Lee, watched as the man he had been hunting for six days straight confessed on videotape to a series of random "mall murders" that had terrorized the San Gabriel Valley in late August. At one point, a single silent sob racked Lewis' body.
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December 19, 1992 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Murder convictions were returned Friday against two women and two men accused of a string of brutal kidnapings, robberies and killings--dubbed "the mall murders"--in the San Gabriel Valley last year. A Pomona Superior Court jury will reassemble Jan. 4 to decide whether to recommend the death penalty for John Lewis, 22; his girlfriend, Eileen Huber, 21; Lewis' sister, Robbin Machuca, 27; and her former boyfriend, Vincent Hubbard, 27.
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January 9, 1992 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Family members, lovers and friends killing each other with knives, clubs and guns accounted for a good share of the 6.3% increase in the murder rate in the San Gabriel Valley last year, law enforcement officials said. The area from Pasadena to Pomona between the Angeles National Forest and the Pomona Freeway tallied 184 murders, compared with 173 in 1990, according to police statistics. "We ran the gamut," said Monterey Park Police Sgt. Orlo Olsen of the city's nine murders.
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