June 12, 1989
A private investigator returned to Orange County from Switzerland to face charges that he allegedly beat John Wayne's daughter at her ex-husband's request. Oded Daniel Gal, 32, of Beverly Hills, was being held in lieu of $1-million bail. He gave up his extradition fight, returned to the United States on Friday and was charged with conspiracy to intimidate a witness and conspiracy to commit assault. Gal was hired by Aissa Wayne's former husband, Thomas Gionis, to follow her during the couple's custody dispute last year.
April 17, 1989 |
Noted criminal defense attorney F. Lee Bailey showed up in Harbor Municipal Court today to represent Dr. Thomas A. Gionis, accused of masterminding the October attack against his ex-wife, Aissa Wayne, and her then-boyfriend, Roger Luby, in Newport Beach. Authorities allege that Gionis, 35, a wealthy Pomona orthopedic surgeon, conspired with two armed men who attacked the couple at Luby's Newport Beach estate. The prosecution alleges that Gionis was attempting to intimidate Wayne, with whom he was embroiled in a bitter custody dispute involving their 2-year-old daughter, Anastasia.
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April 15, 1989 |
A Superior Court judge Friday refused to overturn a lower court decision denying bail to Dr. Thomas A. Gionis, accused of masterminding the attack on his ex-wife, Aissa Wayne, and her companion last October. Gionis' attorney, Marshall M. Schulman, called the courts' bail refusal "outrageous" and accused the district attorney's office of making it a "political case" because Aissa Wayne is the daughter of John Wayne. "It's disgusting and ridiculous; only in Third World countries do you deny someone bail in a case like this," Schulman said outside the courtroom.
April 14, 1989
A Beverly Hills private investigator who allegedly hired two men to assault John Wayne's daughter and her companion has been arrested in Switzerland. O. Daniel Gal, 32, was arrested by Swiss police earlier this week on a provisional warrant issued by Interpol, the international police agency. Newport Beach authorities said Gal would be brought back to California within 60 days to face local charges of criminal conspiracy. Gal is the fourth and final person to be arrested in the Oct. 3 assault on Aissa Wayne and financier Roger Luby at Luby's Newport Beach estate.
April 14, 1989
A Superior Court judge today refused to overturn a lower court decision denying bail to Dr. Thomas A. Gionis, who is accused of masterminding an attack on his ex-wife, Aissa Wayne, and her companion last October. Gionis' attorney, Marshall M. Schulman, called the court bail refusal "outrageous" and accused the district attorney's office of making the prosecution a "political case" because Aissa Wayne is the daughter of the late John Wayne. Gionis, 35, a wealthy orthopedic surgeon, is accused of hiring a private investigator, O. Daniel Gal, and two other men to rough up Wayne and her companion, financier Roger Luby, at Luby's Newport Beach estate on Oct. 3. Gal was arrested in Switzerland earlier this week.
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March 20, 1989 |
A suspect in the brutal assault last October of Aissa Wayne, daughter of the late actor John Wayne, and her financier boyfriend, Roger W. Luby, has been arrested by Newport Beach Police and is being held in the Orange County Jail on $1-million bail. Jail records Sunday showed that Jerrel L.