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April 27, 1991 | From Associated Press
Movie producer Robert Evans was not involved in the murder of a New York theatrical producer, Evans' former lover testified Friday in the "Cotton Club" murder trial. Karen Delayne (Laynie) Greenberger, accused in the 1983 murder of Roy Radin, also told jurors she believed her own life had been saved on the night Radin was slain. "Mr. Radin had a gun and intended to kill me," she said. "That's what (co-defendant William Mentzer) told me the next morning."
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December 17, 1991
After lengthy arguments, a last-minute glitch Monday halted the sentencing of "Cotton Club" figure Karen "Laynie" Greenberger in the 1983 murder of theatrical producer Roy Radin. Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe said he wanted more time to consider whether he has to abide by the jury's conviction of Greenberger on kidnaping and second-degree murder counts as he decides on a sentence.
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October 9, 1988 | TED ROHRLICH and DAVID TREADWELL, Times Staff Writers
Long just a sleepy town in rural south-central Florida that swelled each winter with the influx of vacationers, Okeechobee in recent years has become a center for the lucrative drug-smuggling trade. Planes loaded with contraband land in isolated fields in the county or on the lake, which is almost 50 miles wide and covers a half-million acres. Still, it was a shock to learn about Larry Greenberger. Larry was the scion of an old and respected local family, and few, if any, residents suspected that he was a big-time cocaine dealer.
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October 19, 1991 | RICH CONNELL and ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rejecting the death penalty, a jury Friday called for two men convicted of the 1983 "Cotton Club" killing of theatrical entrepreneur Roy Radin to be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. The panel's recommendation ended the monthlong penalty phase of the Superior Court trial of Alex Marti, 30, of Sherman Oaks and William Mentzer, 42, of Canoga Park, both former bodyguards for Hustler publisher Larry Flynt.
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July 12, 1990 | STEVE WICK, Steve Wick is a bureau chief with Newsday and spent three years researching "Bad Company." A member of Newsday's 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team, he lives on Long Island, N.Y., with his wife and three children.
After Playboy centerfold Melonie Haller was assaulted at Roy Radin's Southampton, N.Y., beachfront home, Radin moved to the West Coast in hopes of starting over. There he met Karen (Laney) Jacobs, an aspiring producer who offered to introduce him to a man who could make his dream of a Cotton Club musical a reality.
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November 8, 1990
Former "Sanford and Son" co-star Demond Wilson testified Wednesday that hours before New York theatrical producer Roy Radin disappeared, he saw the murder victim enter a limousine with a woman accused of masterminding the killing. Wilson, testifying in the Los Angeles Superior Court trial of four people accused of murdering Radin in a dispute over profits of the movie "The Cotton Club," said Radin had asked him to follow the limousine on the evening of May 13, 1983.
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June 7, 1989
The "Cotton Club" case prosecutor, fighting accusations that he violated a court order, testified Tuesday he was unaware that a judge had ordered him to disclose witness statements to the defense. David Conn, undergoing a second day of defense examination, said he had opposed a defense motion months ago for disclosure of both written and oral statements and believed a judge had upheld his position. "I did not intentionally disobey a court order," he said. Conn's comments came at a special hearing ordered by Los Angeles Municipal Judge Patti Jo McKay after a key prosecution witness blurted out incriminating statements that the defense lawyers said were a surprise to them.
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December 17, 1991
After lengthy arguments, a last-minute glitch Monday halted the sentencing of "Cotton Club" figure Karen "Laynie" Greenberger in the 1983 murder of theatrical producer Roy Radin. Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe said he wanted more time to consider whether he has to abide by the jury's conviction of Greenberger on kidnaping and second-degree murder counts as he decides on a sentence.
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November 1, 1990 | TIM WATERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven years after the bullet-riddled body of theatrical impresario Roy Radin was found in a remote canyon, a reputed cocaine dealer and three former bodyguards of Hustler publisher Larry Flynt went on trial Wednesday in a case that will explore the underside of Hollywood. In opening the so-called "Cotton Club" trial, Deputy Dist. Atty.
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May 13, 1989 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, Times Staff Writer
"Cotton Club" producer Robert Evans, the first witness in a preliminary hearing into the 6-year-old murder of Broadway entrepreneur Roy Radin, took the witness stand Friday just long enough to invoke his constitutional right against self-incrimination. "Do you know a man by the name of Roy Radin?" asked Deputy Dist. Atty. David Conn. "Based on the advice of counsel, I refuse to answer the question," answered the tanned, dapper producer of such film classics as "Chinatown" and the "Godfather" movies.
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April 27, 1991 | From Associated Press
Movie producer Robert Evans was not involved in the murder of a New York theatrical producer, Evans' former lover testified Friday in the "Cotton Club" murder trial. Karen Delayne (Laynie) Greenberger, accused in the 1983 murder of Roy Radin, also told jurors she believed her own life had been saved on the night Radin was slain. "Mr. Radin had a gun and intended to kill me," she said. "That's what (co-defendant William Mentzer) told me the next morning."
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February 7, 1991
One of the reputed hit men on trial in the murder of "Cotton Club" movie producer Roy Radin was beaten during a jailhouse fight with deputies, lawyers said Wednesday. Alex Marti, 29, showed up in court with broken ribs, bruises and a swollen face, leading Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe to recess the trial for the day. The trial is in its fourth month.
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November 8, 1990
Former "Sanford and Son" co-star Demond Wilson testified Wednesday that hours before New York theatrical producer Roy Radin disappeared, he saw the murder victim enter a limousine with a woman accused of masterminding the killing. Wilson, testifying in the Los Angeles Superior Court trial of four people accused of murdering Radin in a dispute over profits of the movie "The Cotton Club," said Radin had asked him to follow the limousine on the evening of May 13, 1983.
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November 1, 1990 | TIM WATERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven years after the bullet-riddled body of theatrical impresario Roy Radin was found in a remote canyon, a reputed cocaine dealer and three former bodyguards of Hustler publisher Larry Flynt went on trial Wednesday in a case that will explore the underside of Hollywood. In opening the so-called "Cotton Club" trial, Deputy Dist. Atty.
NEWS
July 12, 1990 | STEVE WICK, Steve Wick is a bureau chief with Newsday and spent three years researching "Bad Company." A member of Newsday's 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team, he lives on Long Island, N.Y., with his wife and three children.
After Playboy centerfold Melonie Haller was assaulted at Roy Radin's Southampton, N.Y., beachfront home, Radin moved to the West Coast in hopes of starting over. There he met Karen (Laney) Jacobs, an aspiring producer who offered to introduce him to a man who could make his dream of a Cotton Club musical a reality.
NEWS
July 11, 1990 | STEVE WICK, Steve Wick is a bureau chief with Newsday and spent three years researching "Bad Company." A member of Newsday's 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team, he lives on Long Island, N.Y., with his wife and three children.
The killing of theater impresario Roy Radin in June, 1983, was originally considered just another unsolved homicide case. But investigators soon uncovered a complex trail of drugs, corruption and dizzying amounts of cash. In Southern California, the country near the town of Gorman is remarkably rugged. There are ravines and gullies where the terrain is steep and irregular, rising and falling sharply.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1989
Film producer Robert Evans won a reprieve as a witness Monday in a preliminary hearing in the "Cotton Club" murder case, but may be called to testify later. Los Angeles Municipal Judge Patti Jo McKay threatened to jail Evans for contempt on Friday for improperly invoking his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. But she reversed her position Monday after Evans' attorney, Robert Shapiro, cited a Saturday article in The Times that noted that Evans had been linked in police reports on file with the court to the 1983 murder of Broadway producer Roy Radin.
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June 15, 1989
After a week of testimony and cross-examination, Deputy Dist. Atty. David Conn was exonerated Wednesday of charges that he withheld evidence from the defense during a hearing into the so-called "Cotton Club" murder of New York producer Roy Radin. Los Angeles Municipal Judge Patti Jo McKay ruled that Conn and three sheriff's homicide investigators did not try to hide notes, tapes or transcripts of interviews with the prosecution's star witness, William Rider. Under terms of a court order, Conn must turn over such information to the defense before a witness takes the stand.
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June 21, 1989 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, Times Staff Writer
A witness in the "Cotton Club" preliminary hearing testified Tuesday that a defendant in the case told him that former Paramount Pictures production chief Robert Evans and a reputed Florida cocaine dealer were the two people responsible for ordering the 1983 murder of New York theatrical producer Roy Radin. An attorney for Evans branded the testimony "an outrageous lie." William Rider, a brother-in-law of Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, answered "yes" to each of Deputy Dist.
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June 20, 1989 | From Times wire services
The key witness in the "Cotton Club" murder case testified today that a defendant told him that movie producer Robert Evans and a reputed drug dealer paid to have theatrical producer Roy Radin killed. William Rider, former security chief for Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, said defendant William Molony Mentzer talked about the murder of Radin when Mentzer was working for Rider as part of Flynt's private militia. Mentzer admitted he was involved in the killing, along with Alex Lamota Marti, Rider said at a preliminary hearing of murder charges against the two men and a third suspect, Karen DeLayne Greenberger.
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