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November 30, 2003 | Matthew Heller, Matthew Heller last wrote for the magazine about the city of Colton's battle against the Delhi Sands flower-loving fly.
Kent Walker says he has a recurring and vivid nightmare: I go into the courtroom and I walk up to the witness stand. There are cameras all over the place. My brother Kenny is staring at me like he hates me. My mom has got her back turned to me. She's heaving. I can't tell whether she's laughing or crying. I start talking, but I don't even know what I'm talking about. Everyone is looking at me. They're saying, 'What are you doing, trying to defend your brother?' Then my mom turns around.
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July 8, 2004 | Arlene Martinez and Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writers
A jury on Wednesday convicted Sante Kimes -- part of a notorious mother-and-son con-artist team -- of killing a Granada Hills businessman in 1998 after he learned she had taken a fraudulent loan out in his name. Sante Kimes, 71, who is already serving time for killing an elderly socialite in New York, faces a life sentence in state prison without parole in the death of David Kazdin, 63.
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June 22, 2004 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Convicted murderer Sante Kimes denied killing a Los Angeles businessman in 1998, testifying Monday that he was her "best friend." "Other than my husband," she said, "I loved David Kazdin more than anyone in the world." Kimes testified against her attorney's advice and spent much of three hours crying or yelling. She spoke directly to Kazdin's adult children, who were seated in the courtroom, about their father.
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June 22, 2004 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Convicted murderer Sante Kimes denied killing a Los Angeles businessman in 1998, testifying Monday that he was her "best friend." "Other than my husband," she said, "I loved David Kazdin more than anyone in the world." Kimes testified against her attorney's advice and spent much of three hours crying or yelling. She spoke directly to Kazdin's adult children, who were seated in the courtroom, about their father.
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June 15, 2004 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
A woman convicted of killing an elderly socialite in New York went on trial Monday in the 1998 slaying of a Los Angeles businessman in a case that pits son against mother. Sante Kimes' son and alleged crime partner, Kenneth Kimes, pleaded guilty late last year to killing David Kazdin and is expected to testify against his mother later this week.
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July 8, 2004 | Arlene Martinez and Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writers
A jury on Wednesday convicted Sante Kimes -- part of a notorious mother-and-son con-artist team -- of killing a Granada Hills businessman in 1998 after he learned she had taken a fraudulent loan out in his name. Sante Kimes, 71, who is already serving time for killing an elderly socialite in New York, faces a life sentence in state prison without parole in the death of David Kazdin, 63.
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June 26, 2002 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The unmade bed caught Linda Kazdin by surprise. Her father, David, had been trying to sell his house and was keeping it tidy for potential buyers. Then she noticed the blinking light on the answering machine, with more than 10 unheard messages. When she learned a short time later that her father had been killed, she didn't hesitate to tell detectives where they should begin their investigation: Sante and Kenneth Kimes.
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November 19, 2003 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Kenneth Kimes, notorious for joining his mother in killing a wealthy New York socialite for profit, pleaded guilty Tuesday to murdering a Los Angeles businessman who had discovered the pair had fraudulently obtained a loan in his name. Kimes agreed to testify against his mother, Sante Kimes, 69, who is to be tried on murder charges in the case next year. He will avoid death row and is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
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June 18, 2004 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Convicted murderer Kenneth Kimes told jurors Thursday that he followed his mother's orders to shoot a businessman in the back of the head at the man's Granada Hills home. That evening, Kimes said, he gave his mother a kiss and a bouquet of flowers to celebrate. Kimes, 29, testified at his mother's trial that she hatched the plan to kill David Kazdin because the longtime acquaintance discovered that the pair had taken a fraudulent loan out in his name.
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July 9, 1998 | CLAIRE VITUCCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Los Angeles police detectives were heading to New York City late Wednesday to interview a mother and son--being questioned there in connection with the sensational disappearance of a wealthy socialite--about the shooting death of a Granada Hills man. LAPD detectives want to question Sante Kimes, 63, and her son Kenneth Kimes, 23, about the death of 63-year-old David Kazdin, whose body was found in a trash bin near Los Angeles International Airport on March 14, Det. Dennis English said.
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June 18, 2004 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Convicted murderer Kenneth Kimes told jurors Thursday that he followed his mother's orders to shoot a businessman in the back of the head at the man's Granada Hills home. That evening, Kimes said, he gave his mother a kiss and a bouquet of flowers to celebrate. Kimes, 29, testified at his mother's trial that she hatched the plan to kill David Kazdin because the longtime acquaintance discovered that the pair had taken a fraudulent loan out in his name.
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June 15, 2004 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
A woman convicted of killing an elderly socialite in New York went on trial Monday in the 1998 slaying of a Los Angeles businessman in a case that pits son against mother. Sante Kimes' son and alleged crime partner, Kenneth Kimes, pleaded guilty late last year to killing David Kazdin and is expected to testify against his mother later this week.
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November 30, 2003 | Matthew Heller, Matthew Heller last wrote for the magazine about the city of Colton's battle against the Delhi Sands flower-loving fly.
Kent Walker says he has a recurring and vivid nightmare: I go into the courtroom and I walk up to the witness stand. There are cameras all over the place. My brother Kenny is staring at me like he hates me. My mom has got her back turned to me. She's heaving. I can't tell whether she's laughing or crying. I start talking, but I don't even know what I'm talking about. Everyone is looking at me. They're saying, 'What are you doing, trying to defend your brother?' Then my mom turns around.
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November 30, 2003 | Matthew Heller
Sante Kimes' legal strategy may have played out just as some predicted. While she was representing herself, the case was mired in delays, prompting prosecutor Eleanor Hunter to complain that it was stuck in "a time warp" and to describe Sante as "relentless." But with the trial looming, Sante recently changed course by retaining defense attorney Charles Maple of Altadena.
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November 19, 2003 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Kenneth Kimes, notorious for joining his mother in killing a wealthy New York socialite for profit, pleaded guilty Tuesday to murdering a Los Angeles businessman who had discovered the pair had fraudulently obtained a loan in his name. Kimes agreed to testify against his mother, Sante Kimes, 69, who is to be tried on murder charges in the case next year. He will avoid death row and is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
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June 26, 2002 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The unmade bed caught Linda Kazdin by surprise. Her father, David, had been trying to sell his house and was keeping it tidy for potential buyers. Then she noticed the blinking light on the answering machine, with more than 10 unheard messages. When she learned a short time later that her father had been killed, she didn't hesitate to tell detectives where they should begin their investigation: Sante and Kenneth Kimes.
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July 11, 1998 | CLAIRE VITUCCI and JOHN J. GOLDMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Police on Friday unveiled a trove of guns, women's wigs and other items found in a luxury car belonging to a suspected mother-son crime team being questioned in the disappearance of a New York socialite and the shooting death of a Granada Hills man. The items include a box of .22-caliber cartridges, the type of ammunition used to kill David Kazdin, 63, of Granada Hills, whose body was found in a trash bin near Los Angeles International Airport in March.
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July 9, 2001 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kent Walker tools around Southern California in a rattling, old white Corvette with empty Benson & Hedges boxes on the floorboard and a how-to book on happiness tucked next to the driver's seat. Until a millionaire socialite vanished from her Manhattan mansion three years ago, Walker was just an anonymous vacuum cleaner salesman, husband and father, trying to stamp out as normal a life as possible from the warped one he had known as the older son of grifter Sante Kimes.
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July 9, 2001 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kent Walker tools around Southern California in a rattling, old white Corvette with empty Benson & Hedges boxes on the floorboard and a how-to book on happiness tucked next to the driver's seat. Until a millionaire socialite vanished from her Manhattan mansion three years ago, Walker was just an anonymous vacuum cleaner salesman, husband and father, trying to stamp out as normal a life as possible from the warped one he had known as the older son of grifter Sante Kimes.
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May 19, 2001 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Top-seeded Martina Hingis extended her mastery over Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario with a 6-3, 6-1 victory in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open at Rome on Friday. The victory was Hingis' 17th in 18 matches against Sanchez-Vicario. Joining Hingis in today's semifinals are No. 3 Conchita Martinez, No. 4 Amelie Mauresmo and No. 14 Jelena Dokic. Martinez, who will face her doubles partner Dokic, defeated Italy's Francesca Schiavone, 6-2, 6-3.
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