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June 3, 1993 | JUDY PASTERNAK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the third time this year, a major U.S. city waits on edge for the outcome of a racially charged trial of police officers accused of brutalizing a black driver. Jury selection began Wednesday in the murder and assault trials of three white former Detroit police officers who have been charged in the November, 1992, beating death of 35-year-old Malice Wayne Green.
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June 3, 1993 | JUDY PASTERNAK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the third time this year, a major U.S. city waits on edge for the outcome of a racially charged trial of police officers accused of brutalizing a black driver. Jury selection began Wednesday in the murder and assault trials of three white former Detroit police officers who have been charged in the November, 1992, beating death of 35-year-old Malice Wayne Green.
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November 19, 1992 | From Associated Press
A man beaten to death, allegedly by police swinging flashlights, had alcohol and traces of cocaine in his system when he was killed, it was reported Wednesday. The Detroit Free Press and Detroit News said an unidentified official who reviewed the autopsy reports on the victim, Malice Green, reported the traces of cocaine. The Free Press also said Green had a 0.03% alcohol level in a urine sample. "It's still no excuse," said Green's sister, Sherry.
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December 17, 1992 | From Associated Press
The four officers charged in the fatal beating of a motorist were fired Wednesday. Detroit police Chief Stanley Knox fired Officers Walter Budzyn, Larry Nevers and Robert Lessnau and Sgt. Freddie Douglas after an administrative hearing Wednesday afternoon, said Bob Berg, a spokesman for Mayor Coleman A. Young. A preliminary hearing continued on whether the officers will stand trial in the slaying. More testimony was scheduled for today.
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January 22, 1993 | From Associated Press
Three white former police officers charged in the bludgeoning death of a black motorist entered not guilty pleas during their arraignment Thursday. Lawyers for the three, who were fired from their jobs after the incident, also said they want the trial moved from Wayne County because of heavy publicity and remarks by city officials, including Mayor Coleman Young and Police Chief Stanley Knox.
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July 21, 1993 | From Associated Press
A police officer charged with second-degree murder in the fatal beating of Malice Green testified Tuesday that he never hit the motorist, does not know how blood spattered in the car and was not even holding his flashlight during the struggle. Former Officer Walter Budzyn, in his first comments on the death, also said he never saw his partner, Larry Nevers, strike Green, although he heard blows and saw the light of Nevers' flashlight coming down near Green's head.
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December 24, 1992 | EDWARD WALSH, THE WASHINGTON POST
A Michigan judge on Wednesday ordered three former Detroit police officers to stand trial on criminal charges in connection with the beating death last month of a black man, but he dismissed a charge of involuntary manslaughter against a former sergeant who was the only black defendant in the case. The ruling by U.S. District Chief Judge Alex J. Allen Jr.
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August 24, 1993 | DONALD W. NAUSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two former police officers were convicted of murder Monday in the fatal beating of a motorist outside a crack house here, bringing to a dramatic close a racially charged case reminiscent of the 1991 Rodney G. King beating by Los Angeles policemen. Larry Nevers, 52, and Walter Budzyn, 47, were convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Malice Green on Nov. 5 last year. They will be sentenced on Oct. 12 and face maximum sentences of life in prison.
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November 17, 1992 | DONALD WOUTAT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two white policemen were charged Monday with murder in the widely witnessed Nov. 5 beating death of a black motorist, a case that has prompted comparisons to the 1991 Los Angeles police attack on Rodney G. King. Two more officers--including the black supervisor at the scene--were charged with manslaughter and assault. But there wasn't enough evidence to bring charges against three other police officers who had been among seven originally suspended in the case, authorities said.
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November 25, 1992 | PAMELA WARRICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dirt and gravel have been scattered over the bloodstains, but there is no question that this is the spot. This is where the mortally wounded Malice Green sat--oddly upright and still--dying in the street. "Right here. Right here," says a visitor to the site in this rundown residential neighborhood. "I never thought I'd see what you all seen in Los Angeles right here. " Nor did Mayor Coleman Young.
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