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February 11, 1987
Many who knew Ron Levin considered him a shady if entertaining con man, but his mother testified in the trial of one of the men accused of murdering him that he was a devoted son who telephoned at least once a week and showered her with flowers, gifts and love notes.
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April 17, 1998 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The state Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Joe Hunt, the founder of the Billionaire Boys Club who was convicted in 1987 of murdering a man whose body has never been found. The court on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that there was insufficient evidence to support Hunt's appeal for a new trial. Hunt was sentenced to life in prison for the 1984 slaying of Ronald Levin, a con man who had duped him.
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March 19, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
The star prosecution witness in the murder trial of Billionaire Boys Club leader Joe Hunt recounted in grisly detail Wednesday how he helped plan the 1984 slaying of Beverly Hills businessman Ron Levin and how Hunt allegedly carried it out. Testifying in a monotone punctuated by occasional sighs, former BBC member Dean Karny said Hunt woke him early on June 7, 1984, waving a check for $1.5 million signed by Levin and saying "that he had done it; that Ron was dead."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1996 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ron Levin is dead. Or maybe he's not. Joe Hunt helped kill him and then buried the body in the Angeles National Forest. Or maybe he didn't and, like Elvis, Levin keeps turning up: at a funeral, driving a car through Brentwood, even relaxing in a taverna on a trendy Greek island. Levin's body has never been found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1987
Jurors announced Monday that they are deadlocked in the Santa Monica Superior Court retrial of a reputed Billionaire Boys Club enforcer charged with murdering a Beverly Hills con man whose body has never been found. Judge James Albracht scheduled a hearing this morning to determine if he should declare a mistrial in the case of James Pittman or order the jury to deliberate further.
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November 3, 1987 | From United Press International
A judge today declared a mistrial in the case of James Pittman, the reputed Billionaire Boys Club enforcer charged with murdering a Beverly Hills con man who had allegedly defrauded the club out of $4 million. Pittman's first trial on charges that he murdered Ron Levin also ended in a mistrial in 1985. Superior Court Judge James Albracht declared a mistrial today in Santa Monica when jurors who had deliberated for nine days told him they were hopelessly deadlocked 8-4 for acquittal.
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March 11, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Billionaire Boys Club mastermind Joe Hunt has piled up so many law books and documents in his cell at the San Mateo County Jail that state officials have declared it a fire hazard, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. Hunt and his club of well-connected young Southern California men gained notoriety in 1987 when he was convicted of murdering Ron Levin, a Beverly Hills con artist who allegedly pulled a scam on the group.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 1987 | Diane Haithman
What a twist: Attorney Jeffrey Melczer represents Joe Hunt, former leader of the infamous Billionaire Boys Club who was convicted of murdering Bev Hills entrepreneur Ron Levin. Melczer also once represented . . . Ron Levin. And Levin's family is furious about it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
A jury beginning its second day of deliberations in the murder trial of Billionaire Boys Club leader Joe Hunt was admonished Tuesday to "disregard completely" media reports about the case amid new claims that the victim has been seen alive by at least three people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
A Santa Monica judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the murder case against Billionaire Boys Club bodyguard Jim Pittman after jurors deadlocked 8 to 4, leaning toward acquittal. Superior Court Judge James A. Albracht dismissed the jury after the foreman sent him a note saying jurors were unable to reach a decision and they told him that there had been no change in their individual positions in nine days of deliberations and six ballots.
NEWS
March 11, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Billionaire Boys Club mastermind Joe Hunt has piled up so many law books and documents in his cell at the San Mateo County Jail that state officials have declared it a fire hazard, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. Hunt and his club of well-connected young Southern California men gained notoriety in 1987 when he was convicted of murdering Ron Levin, a Beverly Hills con artist who allegedly pulled a scam on the group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
Calling the request an instance of "buyer's remorse," a judge on Tuesday refused to allow alleged Billionaire Boys Club triggerman Jim Pittman to withdraw his guilty plea. Santa Monica Superior Court Judge James A. Albracht sentenced Pittman to concurrent sentences of three years and six months for having been an accessory to murder after the fact and possession of a concealed weapon, a pen gun.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 1987 | Diane Haithman
What a twist: Attorney Jeffrey Melczer represents Joe Hunt, former leader of the infamous Billionaire Boys Club who was convicted of murdering Bev Hills entrepreneur Ron Levin. Melczer also once represented . . . Ron Levin. And Levin's family is furious about it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
A Santa Monica judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the murder case against Billionaire Boys Club bodyguard Jim Pittman after jurors deadlocked 8 to 4, leaning toward acquittal. Superior Court Judge James A. Albracht dismissed the jury after the foreman sent him a note saying jurors were unable to reach a decision and they told him that there had been no change in their individual positions in nine days of deliberations and six ballots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1987
Jurors announced Monday that they are deadlocked in the Santa Monica Superior Court retrial of a reputed Billionaire Boys Club enforcer charged with murdering a Beverly Hills con man whose body has never been found. Judge James Albracht scheduled a hearing this morning to determine if he should declare a mistrial in the case of James Pittman or order the jury to deliberate further.
NEWS
November 3, 1987 | From United Press International
A judge today declared a mistrial in the case of James Pittman, the reputed Billionaire Boys Club enforcer charged with murdering a Beverly Hills con man who had allegedly defrauded the club out of $4 million. Pittman's first trial on charges that he murdered Ron Levin also ended in a mistrial in 1985. Superior Court Judge James Albracht declared a mistrial today in Santa Monica when jurors who had deliberated for nine days told him they were hopelessly deadlocked 8-4 for acquittal.
NEWS
April 23, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK and CAROL McGRAW, Times Staff Writers
Billionaire Boys Club leader Joe Hunt was convicted Wednesday of murdering a Beverly Hills entrepreneur and con man--whose body has not been found--to avenge a high-stakes investment hoax and raise funds for his foundering business fraternity. The boyish Hunt, 27, blanched and appeared dazed as the clerk in Santa Monica Superior Court read the verdict--guilty of first-degree murder and robbery--reached after only two days of deliberations.
NEWS
June 26, 1987
A judge has denied a bid for a new trial for Billionaire Boys Club leader Joe Hunt but postponed formal sentencing until July 6. Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Laurence Rittenband said he had "no alternative" but to delay sentencing because of a legal requirement that attorneys be given nine days to review probation reports before sentencing and the report on Hunt arrived late.
NEWS
April 23, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK and CAROL McGRAW, Times Staff Writers
Billionaire Boys Club leader Joe Hunt was convicted Wednesday of murdering a Beverly Hills entrepreneur and con man--whose body has not been found--to avenge a high-stakes investment hoax and raise funds for his foundering business fraternity. The boyish Hunt, 27, blanched and appeared dazed as the clerk in Santa Monica Superior Court read the verdict--guilty of first-degree murder and robbery--reached after only two days of deliberations.
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