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December 16, 1988 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Times Staff Writer
Former Los Angeles Police Officer Robert Von Villas should be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for the contract killing of a Northridge businessman, a jury decided Thursday. The Van Nuys Superior Court panel could have recommended the death penalty, but some jurors said they were concerned about the family of the 44-year-old Simi Valley man. "It's better this way for his kids, not to have their father put to death," juror Oliver Lloyd said.
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June 18, 1993 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Finding that jurors had not been unfairly prejudiced against a former Los Angeles police officer when they convicted him of murder five years ago, a Van Nuys Superior Court judge Thursday denied the former officer's bid for a new trial. After four days of hearings in which three of the jurors who convicted Robert Von Villas were questioned, Judge Darlene E.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1993 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Finding that jurors had not been unfairly prejudiced against a former Los Angeles police officer when they convicted him of murder five years ago, a Van Nuys Superior Court judge Thursday denied the former officer's bid for a new trial. After four days of hearings in which three of the jurors who convicted Robert Von Villas were questioned, Judge Darlene E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1988 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Times Staff Writer
Former Los Angeles Police Officer Robert Von Villas should be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for the contract killing of a Northridge businessman, a jury decided Thursday. The Van Nuys Superior Court panel could have recommended the death penalty, but some jurors said they were concerned about the family of the 44-year-old Simi Valley man. "It's better this way for his kids, not to have their father put to death," juror Oliver Lloyd said.
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January 29, 1985
A Northridge woman admitted today in Los Angeles Superior Court that she helped arrange a contract murder allegedly carried out by two former Los Angeles police officers. In exchange for her testimony against former police officers Richard Ford and Robert Von Villas, prosecutors today allowed Joyce A. Reynolds, 47, to plead guilty to one count of soliciting murder. Reynolds, who had been charged with murder, will be placed on probation as a condition of the plea bargain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1988
Jury deliberations have begun in the trial of two former Los Angeles police officers charged with robbing a jewelry store and attempting to murder an exotic dancer to collect on a life insurance policy. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury began deliverations Monday after hearing evidence for about six months.
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June 18, 1993
Finding that jurors had not been unfairly prejudiced against a former Los Angeles police officer when they convicted him of murder five years ago, a Van Nuys Superior Court judge Thursday denied the former officer's bid for a new trial. After four days of hearings in which three of the jurors who convicted Robert Von Villas were questioned, Judge Darlene E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1988
The attorney for one of two former Los Angeles police officers accused of the contract killing of a Northridge businessman whose body has never been found told jurors in closing arguments Wednesday there is no evidence that the man is dead or that his client killed him. The man, Thomas Weed, may have secretly fled in fear of his life after learning that his ex-wife was seeking to kill him, said Richard P. Lasting, attorney for Richard Herman Ford.
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March 9, 1989
Former Los Angeles Police Officer Robert Von Villas was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the 1983 contract slaying of a Northridge businessman. A Superior Court judge sentenced Von Villas, 44, of Simi Valley, despite claims by Villas and his attorneys that at least four of the jurors who convicted him of murder in November were influenced by discussions outside the jury room.
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September 16, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
The wife of a former Los Angeles police officer accused of a contract killing testified Thursday that her husband frequently went out disguised in wigs and makeup to search for a man who beat, robbed and raped her on the RTD bus she drove. Lillian Ford's testimony provided the defense with an alternative explanation why evidence of those disguises was found at the home she shared with Richard Herman Ford.
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August 2, 1985
Under terms of a plea bargain agreed to in January, a Northridge woman who admitted that she helped arrange the contract murder of a friend's husband was placed on probation for five years. Joyce A. Reynolds, 47, who appeared before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert R. Devich, has already served more than a year in Los Angeles County Jail. Reynolds has agreed to testify against two former Los Angeles police officers, Richard H. Ford and Robert A.
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November 11, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
A former Los Angeles police officer convicted of murder deserves leniency because he "never got over" a tough childhood, suffered from delayed-stress syndrome and struggled emotionally after his wife was raped, his attorney told jurors Thursday. Attorney Rickard Santwier asked a Van Nuys Superior Court jury to spare Richard Herman Ford, a former detective, the death penalty and sentence him instead to life in prison without possibility of parole.
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