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February 25, 1989 | JACK JONES and TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writers
A veteran Los Angeles County sheriff's narcotics investigator has been arrested on suspicion of murdering three prostitutes in South-Central Los Angeles, where police have been investigating the deaths of several women who trade sex for drugs, authorities said Friday. Deputy Rickey Ross, 40, who has been with the Sheriff's Department for 18 years, was spotted with a prostitute in an unmarked county car near the Harbor Freeway and Gage Avenue at 1:30 a.m.
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September 6, 1989
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Rickey Ross Tuesday filed a $400-million suit against the city of Los Angeles and Police Chief Daryl F. Gates for alleged civil rights violations stemming from his arrest on murder charges. Ross was held for 82 days earlier this year on suspicion of killing three South-Central Los Angeles prostitutes, largely due to Los Angeles Police Department ballistics tests linking his gun to the murders.
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February 26, 1989 | WILLIAM OVEREND and TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writers
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, who sometimes preached as a lay minister to county jail inmates, was described Saturday by a lawyer as "stunned and devastated" at his arrest as a suspect in the murder of three South-Central area prostitutes. While an investigation into the killings continued, Rickey Ross, 40, was held for his own protection in an isolated cell at the Los Angeles Police Department's Parker Center headquarters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1989
A Watts man went on trial for a second time Monday in the murders of five women, including three counted among the 18 Southside Slayer serial killings. A mistrial was declared in August at Louis Craine's first trial after a clerk inadvertently gave deliberating jurors portions of a witness statement they were not supposed to see. In an opening statement Monday in Compton Superior Court, Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1989
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Rickey Ross Tuesday filed a $400-million suit against the city of Los Angeles and Police Chief Daryl F. Gates for alleged civil rights violations stemming from his arrest on murder charges. Ross was held for 82 days earlier this year on suspicion of killing three South-Central Los Angeles prostitutes, largely due to Los Angeles Police Department ballistics tests linking his gun to the murders.
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March 28, 1987 | ERIC MALNIC and JACK JONES, Times Staff Writers
A convicted killer in Alabama awaiting trial in four murders there has confessed to the slayings of two women in Los Angeles, one of whom had been listed as a victim of the so-called Southside Serial Killer, Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block announced Friday.
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February 25, 1989 | BETTINA BOXALL and JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writers
At 6 feet 2 and more than 220 pounds, Rickey S. Ross was known by some of his colleagues as "a gentle giant," a religious man and conscientious deputy sheriff who had never been seriously disciplined in his 18 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "He was a very good officer, very well regarded," said a fellow deputy who has known Ross for years. "He was highly religious. Nobody would have ever thought of Rickey Ross. He was well-liked by everyone on the department."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1989 | BETTINA BOXALL, Times Staff Writer
Several community activists Tuesday complained to the Police Commission that the Los Angeles Police Department is mishandling and covering up an investigation of what appear to be serial killings of prostitutes in the South-Central area.
NEWS
February 5, 1987
Two detectives from the Southside Serial Killer Task Force, investigating 17 Southern California deaths, flew to Washington, D.C., to confer on six killings there and an arrest in one of the deaths. "This is a routine trip. Its main purpose is to assure thoroughness. We don't have any evidence the crimes are connected," Los Angeles Police Cmdr. William Booth said of the trip by Detectives John St. John and Fred Miller.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1989 | WILLIAM OVEREND and TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writers
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, who sometimes preached as a lay minister to county jail inmates, was described Saturday by a lawyer as "stunned and devastated" at his arrest as a suspect in the murder of three South-Central area prostitutes. While an investigation into the killings continued, Rickey Ross, 40, was held for his own protection in an isolated cell at the Los Angeles Police Department's Parker Center headquarters.
NEWS
February 25, 1989 | BETTINA BOXALL and JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writers
At 6 feet 2 and more than 220 pounds, Rickey S. Ross was known by some of his colleagues as "a gentle giant," a religious man and conscientious deputy sheriff who had never been seriously disciplined in his 18 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "He was a very good officer, very well regarded," said a fellow deputy who has known Ross for years. "He was highly religious. Nobody would have ever thought of Rickey Ross. He was well-liked by everyone on the department."
NEWS
February 25, 1989 | JACK JONES and TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writers
A veteran Los Angeles County sheriff's narcotics investigator has been arrested on suspicion of murdering three prostitutes in South-Central Los Angeles, where police have been investigating the deaths of several women who trade sex for drugs, authorities said Friday. Deputy Rickey Ross, 40, who has been with the Sheriff's Department for 18 years, was spotted with a prostitute in an unmarked county car near the Harbor Freeway and Gage Avenue at 1:30 a.m.
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February 24, 1989 | NIESON HIMMEL and EDWARD J. BOYER, Times Staff Writers
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been arrested in connection with a series of slayings of prostitutes who sold sex for drugs in South-Central Los Angeles, a source close to the investigation said late Thursday. The deputy, whose identity was not disclosed, was arrested while driving an official county vehicle about midnight Wednesday by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street Division, the source said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1989 | BETTINA BOXALL, Times Staff Writer
Several community activists Tuesday complained to the Police Commission that the Los Angeles Police Department is mishandling and covering up an investigation of what appear to be serial killings of prostitutes in the South-Central area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1989 | BETTINA BOXALL and STEPHEN BRAUN, Times Staff Writers
Kay, a streetwalker for 26 of her 46 years, started tucking a knife into the pocket of her designer jeans about a month ago after another prostitute was found murdered near one of the grimy Figueroa Street corners she frequents in South-Central Los Angeles. The blade of her knife is small but sharp, its edge smeared with garlic so the wound it inflicts will burn. She knows of other streetwalkers who have gotten into the habit of carrying butcher knives.
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February 17, 1989 | NIESON HIMMEL and EDWARD J. BOYER, Times Staff Writers
Several prostitutes have been found dead in South-Central Los Angeles, police said Thursday, adding that "an effort is being made" to caution women who fit the victims' profile "to watch out." The case is the second involving the serial killing of prostitutes in the area in recent years, and the leader of a coalition that prodded authorities to investigate the first string of slayings more diligently harshly criticized investigators for keeping a lid of secrecy on their probe.
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August 6, 1988 | GEORGE RAMOS, Times Staff Writer
A Compton Superior Court judge reluctantly declared a mistrial Friday in the case of a Watts man accused of three so-called "Southside Slayer" murders after it was revealed that an exhibit that was not admitted into evidence was mistakenly sent into the jury's deliberation room and seen by six jurors. The error was made by a clerk who included the exhibit, containing remarks made by the suspect's brother, with evidence sent into the jury room.
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