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October 6, 1993 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a bizarre twist to an already unusual murder case, an anonymous letter revealed in court Tuesday accused Richard K. Overton of deliberately sabotaging his trial, which ended in a mistrial partly because of a yearlong recess triggered by his attorney's bout with depression. Wearing thin latex gloves to keep his fingerprints off the paper, Superior Court Judge David O.
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April 25, 2005 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Robert D. Chatterton, a top Orange County prosecutor and criminal defense attorney for 30 years whose high-profile career was derailed for a brief period in the 1990s after a highly publicized bout with depression that halted a sensational murder trial, died April 18 at a Mission Viejo hospital. He was 66. The cause was pancreatic cancer, according to attorney John York, a longtime colleague.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2005 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Robert D. Chatterton, a top Orange County prosecutor and criminal defense attorney for 30 years whose high-profile career was derailed for a brief period in the 1990s after a highly publicized bout with depression that halted a sensational murder trial, died April 18 at a Mission Viejo hospital. He was 66. The cause was pancreatic cancer, according to attorney John York, a longtime colleague.
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October 6, 1993 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a bizarre twist to an already unusual murder case, an anonymous letter revealed in court Tuesday accused Richard K. Overton of deliberately sabotaging his trial, which ended in a mistrial partly because of a yearlong recess triggered by his attorney's bout with depression. Wearing thin latex gloves to keep his fingerprints off the paper, Superior Court Judge David O.
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May 9, 1995 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A jury Monday convicted Dana Point computer consultant Richard K. Overton in the deadly 1988 cyanide poisoning of his wife, bringing to a finale one of Orange County's oddest and longest-running murder cases. Overton, 66, sat impassively, as he did throughout the six-week retrial, shaking his head slightly after the verdict on a single charge of first-degree murder was read in Orange County Superior Court. Jurors deliberated only six hours before deciding Overton poisoned Janet L.
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June 17, 1988
Steven A. Sherman, who is accused of pointing an unloaded gun at his former boss after being fired, was arraigned Thursday in Central Orange County Municipal Court on four misdemeanor charges, according to his attorney. Sherman, who was not present at the arraignment, was charged with of assault with a deadly weapon, assault, battery and brandishing a firearm, said defense attorney Robert D. Chatterton of Orange.
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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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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 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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February 17, 1988
An Anaheim man was found guilty of second-degree murder Tuesday in the shooting of a man in a dispute over money. Fred Atherton, 30, claimed he shot John Beday, 34, of Anaheim in a struggle after Beday tried to grab a gun away from him on June 21, 1987. Deputy Dist. Atty. Jill W. Roberts had argued to Superior Court jurors that medical evidence showed Beday had been pistol-whipped before he was shot. Beday was a longtime friend of Atherton's wife, Roxanne.
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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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