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October 16, 2009
"The Stepfather," a PG-13 horror-thriller, also opens today in general release but did not screen for critics. The review will appear online at latimes.com/moviereviews as soon as it is available.
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January 24, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Even as she pleaded for a sentence that would let her live in sunshine again, a 17-year-old girl convicted of murdering her parents expressed little remorse other than admitting to mistakes. Cynthia Alvarez said she had been a victim of abuse at the hands of her mother and stepfather, allegations disputed by prosecutors and family and friends of the deceased. "Live life in my shoes," Alvarez told a Compton courtroom Friday. "If it was your child being raped, I bet you'd say, 'To hell with the law.' " Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ricardo R. Ocampo, however, found that the October 2011 slayings committed by Alvarez and her boyfriend, Giovanni Gallardo, 18, were vicious and sophisticated attacks.
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May 10, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A Compton jury found a 16-year-old girl guilty of murdering her mother and stepfather, capping a two-week trial in which the teen admitted buying party supplies with her mother's corpse decomposing in the back of her Jeep. Jurors spent a few hours deliberating late Thursday and Friday morning before finding Cynthia Alvarez guilty of first-degree murder in both killings. Alvarez, who was 15 at the time of the killings but was tried as an adult, denied carrying out the crimes but admitted writing incriminating notes to her boyfriend and handing him a knife that she says he used to stab her stepfather.
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December 26, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Los Angeles police arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of fatally stabbing his stepfather during a Christmas morning dispute inside the family's Watts apartment. Rudy Flores began arguing with his mother shortly before 11 a.m. when she was unable to help him locate a baseball bat, according to initial accounts provided by police. His stepfather, 54-year-old auto mechanic Nery Puluc Ambrosio, woke up and stepped into the physical fray. Flores pushed Ambrosio to the ground and stabbed him at least once in the back with a nearby tool that police had described as a reciprocating saw blade, but turned out to be a large knife, said Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Wes Lin. Ambrosio was pronounced dead at a Lynwood hospital.
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April 30, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A 15-year-old girl told Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives that she killed her mother and stepfather, whose bodies were later found in shallow graves, a prosecutor told a Compton jury on Tuesday. Cynthia Alvarez, now 16, used a baseball bat to help kill her stepfather and confessed to the crimes soon after neighbors reported the older couple missing on Oct. 18, 2011, Deputy Dist. Atty. Kristin Trutanich told jurors. Authorities also found evidence that Alvarez and her boyfriend, Giovanni Gallardo, then 16, had made preparations after the killings to throw a Halloween party at her Compton home, Trutanich said during opening statements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz and Robert J. Lopez
The stepfather of a Hawthorne woman who was stabbed to death last month was arrested on suspicion of murder over the weekend. Alvin Hunt Jr., 59, was arrested Saturday in Long Beach, KTLA reported. He is suspected of stabbing 22-year-old Naquia Danielle Catching on Sept. 26 at their home in the 4800 block of West 118th Place, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Catching's mother came home from work and found her suffering from stab wounds and unresponsive, said Lt. Eddie Hernandez of the Sheriff's Department.
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May 28, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The stepfather of a boy stabbed to death in Los Angeles' Westlake district will be arrested in connection with the killing as soon as he is released from the hospital, police said Tuesday. The 11-year-old was killed Monday after an apparent family dispute at his home in the 200 block of Carondelet Street. A 26-year-old suspect, believed to be the boy's stepfather, also suffered stab wounds and was being treated at County USC Medical Center. His condition was unknown.
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December 26, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Los Angeles police arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of fatally stabbing his stepfather during a Christmas morning dispute inside the family's Watts apartment. Rudy Flores began arguing with his mother shortly before 11 a.m. when she was unable to help him locate a baseball bat, according to initial accounts provided by police. His stepfather, 54-year-old auto mechanic Nery Puluc Ambrosio, woke up and stepped into the physical fray. Flores pushed Ambrosio to the ground and stabbed him at least once in the back with a nearby tool that police had described as a reciprocating saw blade, but turned out to be a large knife, said Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Wes Lin. Ambrosio was pronounced dead at a Lynwood hospital.
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May 10, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of a 16-year-old girl charged with murdering her mother and stepfather, whose bodies were discovered more than a year ago in separate shallow graves, authorities said. The Compton jury spent only a few hours deliberating late Thursday and Friday morning before reaching a verdict in the double-murder trial of Cynthia Alvarez. Alvarez, who was 15 at the time of the killings but is being tried as an adult, denied carrying out the crimes but admitted writing incriminating notes to her boyfriend and handing him a knife she says he used to stab her stepfather.
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May 7, 2013 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
A 16-year-old girl charged with murdering her mother and stepfather tearfully told a Compton jury on Monday that she did not kill them but admitted writing incriminating notes to her boyfriend and handing him a knife during one of the slayings. Cynthia Alvarez testified that she kicked away a folding knife that her stepfather carried while her boyfriend, Giovanni Gallardo, attacked him with a baseball bat in her family's Compton mobile home on Oct. 12, 2011. She said Gallardo used another knife she gave him to stab the victim multiple times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz and Robert J. Lopez
The stepfather of a Hawthorne woman who was stabbed to death last month was arrested on suspicion of murder over the weekend. Alvin Hunt Jr., 59, was arrested Saturday in Long Beach, KTLA reported. He is suspected of stabbing 22-year-old Naquia Danielle Catching on Sept. 26 at their home in the 4800 block of West 118th Place, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Catching's mother came home from work and found her suffering from stab wounds and unresponsive, said Lt. Eddie Hernandez of the Sheriff's Department.
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May 28, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The stepfather of a boy stabbed to death in Los Angeles' Westlake district will be arrested in connection with the killing as soon as he is released from the hospital, police said Tuesday. The 11-year-old was killed Monday after an apparent family dispute at his home in the 200 block of Carondelet Street. A 26-year-old suspect, believed to be the boy's stepfather, also suffered stab wounds and was being treated at County USC Medical Center. His condition was unknown.
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May 28, 2013 | By Lisa Girion, Los Angeles Times
An 11-year-old boy died after he was stabbed multiple times during an apparent family dispute Monday morning in the Westlake community west of downtown Los Angeles, police said. The boy's 26-year-old stepfather, who also sustained stab wounds, was being held under guard at County/USC Medical Center as a "person of interest," police said. Neighbors said they heard a disturbance shortly before 9 a.m. in a second-floor apartment in the 200 block of South Carondelet Street. "We heard screaming, and my sister said, 'Oh, they are fighting,' " said Maria Rodriguez, who lives in the building next door.
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May 28, 2013 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
A teenager charged with killing his girlfriend's mother and stepfather at their Compton mobile home has an "extremely low" IQ that is consistent with being mentally retarded, an expert testified Tuesday. Giovanni Gallardo, now 18, had an IQ of 57 when he was evaluated after the killings, placing him within the range of mild to moderate retardation, Dr. Deborah S. Miora, a clinical and forensic neuropsychologist, told the court. Prosecutors say Gallardo and his girlfriend killed the adults and later went to stores to purchase supplies for a Halloween party while one of the dead victims was in the back of the Jeep they were driving.
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May 21, 2013 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
The 16-year-old boy was trying to explain what had happened to his girlfriend's missing mother and stepfather when a detective stopped him. Investigators knew the real story, the detective said. "Oh damn," Giovanni Gallardo muttered, according to a video of his interview played in court on Tuesday. For the next hour, the teen recounted how he strangled his girlfriend's mother, beat and stabbed her stepfather and then buried their bodies while planning a Halloween party at the Compton trailer where the killings had taken place.
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May 11, 2013 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
A 16-year-old girl was found guilty Friday of murdering her mother and stepfather, capping a two-week trial in which the teen admitted driving to buy party supplies while her mother's decomposing body was in the back of her vehicle. Jurors quickly rejected defense arguments that Cynthia Alvarez was an innocent victim of horrific abuse who had been helpless as her violent teenage boyfriend killed her parents in her Compton mobile home in October 2011. After deliberating about three hours, the jurors found her guilty of first-degree murder in both killings, with some members of the panel saying outside court in Compton that they believed Alvarez plotted and actively participated in the slayings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1999 | MICHAEL LUO
A 61-year-old man was fatally injured Friday when his stepson attacked him with a pickax at the family's home in Lake Forest, police said. Lt. Hector Rivera of the Orange County Sheriff's Department said the stepson, 33, had been staying with his mother and stepfather for the past week at their home on Islamare Lane and became enraged when they asked him to leave. The younger man left Friday but called at 6:45 p.m., threatening the older couple, Rivera said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 1987 | JACK MATHEWS
Executives of New Centu ry/Vista Film Co. couldn't believe their luck last fall when they saw the brilliantly written and directed psychological thriller "The Stepfather" and were told that it was still available for American theatrical distribution. Six months later, they still can't believe their luck. It's been all bad. "You can't believe how heart-broken we were (when the movie opened)," said New Century Marketing President Richard Ingber. "We have liked this movie from the beginning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of a 16-year-old girl charged with murdering her mother and stepfather, whose bodies were discovered more than a year ago in separate shallow graves, authorities said. The Compton jury spent only a few hours deliberating late Thursday and Friday morning before reaching a verdict in the double-murder trial of Cynthia Alvarez. Alvarez, who was 15 at the time of the killings but is being tried as an adult, denied carrying out the crimes but admitted writing incriminating notes to her boyfriend and handing him a knife she says he used to stab her stepfather.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
Jurors said overwhelming evidence against a 16-year-old girl charged with killing her mother and stepfather left them with little choice but to find her guilty Friday of first degree-murder. Several members of the Compton jury said they were unconvinced by Cynthia Alvarez's testimony this week that she was helpless to stop her parents from being killed by her boyfriend. The jurors, who declined to give their names, said notes that Alvarez wrote to her boyfriend while he was hiding inside her Compton home shortly before the October 2011 killings showed she played an active role in the crimes.
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