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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1996 | KAY HWANGBO
Standing in line to get her picture taken, 9-year-old Melanie Hinsberger--with her big, blue eyes and slight stature--looks about as menacing as a buttercup. But just a few minutes earlier on Monday, Melanie looked surprisingly strong, clenching her fists and delivering a sharp kick to a chair. The chair flew into the air and crashed to the ground.
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NEWS
May 23, 1994 | CHIP JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After fighting off two bandits who tried to rob them at gunpoint, a San Fernando Valley couple gave credit to a self-defense course they took two years ago. "When I was able to get ahold of the gun hand that was hitting me, I was able to defend myself a little bit," the man told The Times. He asked that his name and his wife's not be used; the robbers have not been arrested.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD
An Ojai man accused of stabbing another man to death with an ice pick at a party last month was fending off an attacker who was under the influence of alcohol and drugs, his attorney said Tuesday. Ryan Dale Burchell, 19, who pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Ventura County Municipal Court to a charge of first-degree murder, was acting in self-defense and never meant to kill Jasper Fitzgerald, Deputy Public Defender Todd W. Howeth said. Fitzgerald was killed May 14 during a weekend party in Ojai.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1998 | VALERIE BURGHER
Concluding that Van Nuys resident Karen Reynolds acted in self-defense in the shooting death of her longtime boyfriend, the Los Angeles district attorney's office announced this week that it would not prosecute her. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Reynolds, 47, shot her live-in boyfriend, 34-year-old Steve Pately, in the chest Jan. 25 after a domestic dispute. LAPD Det. Roberta Moore said police found Pately in the couple's Saticoy Street home at 4:30 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1996 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR.
A Winnetka man charged with fatally shooting the husband of a Neighborhood Watch captain testified Tuesday that he was protecting himself and his father when the incident occurred. Scott James Craft, 34, said in Van Nuys Superior Court that Keith Brown, 42, was charging toward him and his father, Harvey Craft, carrying a wooden plank after the younger Craft and Brown became involved in a heated exchange on July 23. "He was yelling something at us. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2000 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ever since Elizabeth S. Peisner completed a self-defense course at Cal State Northridge, she is more alert and ready for an attack. When a friend came up from behind and smacked her on the back at a recent party, Peisner recalled, she instinctively elbowed the man in the chest, sending him tumbling over a sofa. "It makes you more aware of your surroundings," said Peisner, a 23-year-old senior. "It changes the way you walk, how you carry yourself."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1990 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Homicide investigators tentatively concluded Monday that a retired police sergeant acted in self-defense when he opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun on a group of armed teen-agers who smashed their way into his home. Earl Swoap, 53, killed one suspect and wounded two others in a bloody confrontation Thursday night as the intruders tried to flee from his salvos of buckshot. "This falls into the area of justifiable homicide," said Lt. Marc Hedgpeth, a police spokesman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1992 | MICHAEL CONNELLY
A Woodland Hills man arrested in the death of a neighbor who threatened him and broke into his house was released after prosecutors ruled he acted in self-defense, authorities said Friday. Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert P. Imerman declined to file a murder charge against Dean William Perkins, 31, in the shooting death Tuesday of his neighbor, Kevin Cooper, 25. Imerman said Perkins acted in self-defense when he shot Cooper, who had been drinking and threatening him.
NATIONAL
April 27, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Republican Gov. Jeb Bush signed a law in Tallahassee that would allow people to kill in self-defense without first trying to flee. Supporters say the law is a logical extension of common law that allows those who fear for their lives to use deadly force to defend themselves from an intruder in their homes. The new law expands that doctrine to include people in public places who feel threatened and could be subject to death or great bodily harm.
NEWS
May 28, 1993 | PATT MORRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It wraps the protective arm of the "homeowners' bill of rights" notion of self-defense around battered spouses who kill their abusers. And it's heading for the Senate floor--and a fight. Written by a former prosecutor and sponsored by state Sen.
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