Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsSteven Allen Abrams
IN THE NEWS

Steven Allen Abrams

FEATURED ARTICLES
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2000 | STUART PFEIFER and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a surprise end to an emotionally charged trial, jurors decided Wednesday that a man who deliberately rammed his Cadillac onto a Costa Mesa playground should be spared the death penalty for killing two toddlers and instead spend the rest of his life in prison. The decision came just a week after jurors concluded that Steven Allen Abrams was sane at the time of the killings despite evidence that the defendant was mentally disturbed.
ARTICLES BY DATE
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The City Council voted this week to allow the Lighthouse Coastal Community Church to reopen a preschool where two young children were killed two years ago. In 1999, Steven Allen Abrams intentionally drove his car onto the playground, killing two children and injuring five others. Abrams was convicted of murder in the deaths of Brandon Wiener, 3, and Sierra Soto, 4, and sentenced to life in prison. The preschool closed last year.
Advertisement
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The City Council voted this week to allow the Lighthouse Coastal Community Church to reopen a preschool where two young children were killed two years ago. In 1999, Steven Allen Abrams intentionally drove his car onto the playground, killing two children and injuring five others. Abrams was convicted of murder in the deaths of Brandon Wiener, 3, and Sierra Soto, 4, and sentenced to life in prison. The preschool closed last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As they squared off in the trial of Costa Mesa preschool killer Steven Abrams, prosecutor Debora Lloyd and public defender Denise Gragg could hardly have presented more contrasting cases. Lloyd, a veteran deputy district attorney, portrayed Abrams as a monster, saying that death was the only appropriate penalty for someone who would drive a hulking Cadillac onto a Costa Mesa playground and kill two innocent children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2000 | From a Times staff writer
A preschool where two students were killed and five others injured when a man intentionally drove his car into a crowded playground in 1999 has quietly closed. The Southcoast Early Childhood Learning Center, which survived that tragedy as well as a battle with neighbors opposed to a security fence installed after the killings, closed Sept. 1. Steven Allen Abrams was convicted of murder in the deaths of Brandon Wiener and Sierra Soto.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2000 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors on Wednesday began deliberating the fate of a man who intentionally drove his Cadillac through a Costa Mesa playground, with both the prosecution and defense agreeing there's little doubt about his guilt. Steven Allen Abrams could face the death penalty if convicted in the murders of two children who died when his 5,000-pound car burst through a chain-link fence then mowed over children playing outside the day-care center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2000 | STUART PFEIFER and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a surprise end to an emotionally charged trial, jurors decided Wednesday that a man who deliberately rammed his Cadillac into a Costa Mesa playground should be spared the death penalty for killing two toddlers and instead spend the rest of his life in prison. The decision came just a week after jurors concluded that Steven Allen Abrams was sane at the time of the killings, despite evidence the defendant was mentally disturbed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2000 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors on Wednesday began deliberating the fate of a man who drove his Cadillac through a Costa Mesa playground, with the prosecution and defense agreeing that there is little doubt about his guilt. Steven Allen Abrams could face the death penalty if he is convicted in the deaths of two children who were killed when his 5,000-pound car burst through a chain-link fence and mowed over youngsters playing outside the day-care center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2000 | STUART PFEIFER and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Jurors deliberated less than three hours Thursday before convicting a Santa Ana man of first-degree murder for intentionally driving his Cadillac through a Costa Mesa playground, killing two preschoolers and injuring five others. Although the trial left little doubt that Steven Allen Abrams carried out the attack, the verdicts unleashed emotion in the courtroom as relatives of the young victims, Sierra Soto and Brandon Weiner, linked hands and broke into tears.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2000
Re "Parents Sue Care Center Over Playground Death," Jan. 27: There is no arguing the tragedy that took place at the Costa Mesa preschool when Steven Allen Abrams ran his car through a fence and killed two children. Now the parents of one of the children are filing a lawsuit against the school for failure to provide a safe environment for children. As parents, we are responsible for our children's safety. Didn't these parents check over the preschool prior to enrolling their son?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2000 | STUART PFEIFER and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a surprise end to an emotionally charged trial, jurors decided Wednesday that a man who deliberately rammed his Cadillac onto a Costa Mesa playground should be spared the death penalty for killing two toddlers and instead spend the rest of his life in prison. The decision came just a week after jurors concluded that Steven Allen Abrams was sane at the time of the killings despite evidence that the defendant was mentally disturbed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2000 | STUART PFEIFER and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a surprise end to an emotionally charged trial, jurors decided Wednesday that a man who deliberately rammed his Cadillac into a Costa Mesa playground should be spared the death penalty for killing two toddlers and instead spend the rest of his life in prison. The decision came just a week after jurors concluded that Steven Allen Abrams was sane at the time of the killings, despite evidence the defendant was mentally disturbed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The two families have sat silently in court since summer, listening to testimony about the man who rammed his car into a Costa Mesa day-care center and killed their children. On Thursday, it was their turn to speak. The mother of slain 3-year-old Brandon Wiener described how her husband spends hours sitting alone in his son's room, isolated from the rest of the family.
NEWS
October 27, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The two families have sat silently in court since summer, listening to doctors and lawyers talk about the man who intentionally rammed his car into a Costa Mesa day-care center and killed their loved ones. On Thursday, it was finally their time to talk. It was time for the mother of slain 3-year-old Brandon Wiener to talk about her husband, who spends hours sitting silently in his son's room, isolated from the rest of the family.
NEWS
October 24, 2000 | STUART PFEIFER and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Setting the stage for a possible death sentence, an Orange County jury Monday concluded that Steven Allen Abrams was sane when he drove his car through a Costa Mesa playground last year, killing two toddlers and injuring five others. The question of Abrams' sanity was the most contentious aspect of the two-month trial because defense attorneys conceded early on that Abrams intentionally rammed his Cadillac into the crowded playground.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2000 | From a Times staff writer
A preschool where two students were killed and five others injured when a man intentionally drove his car into a crowded playground in 1999 has quietly closed. The Southcoast Early Childhood Learning Center, which survived that tragedy as well as a battle with neighbors opposed to a security fence installed after the killings, closed Sept. 1. Steven Allen Abrams was convicted of murder in the deaths of Brandon Wiener and Sierra Soto.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The two families have sat silently in court since summer, listening to testimony about the man who rammed his car into a Costa Mesa day-care center and killed their children. On Thursday, it was their turn to speak. The mother of slain 3-year-old Brandon Wiener described how her husband spends hours sitting alone in his son's room, isolated from the rest of the family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Costa Mesa preschool where two students were killed and five others injured after a man intentionally drove his Cadillac into a crowded playground in 1999 has quietly closed its doors. The Southcoast Early Childhood Learning Center, which survived that tragedy as well as a bruising battle with neighbors opposed to a security fence installed in the wake of the killings, closed Sept. 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Costa Mesa preschool where two students were killed and five others injured after a man intentionally drove his Cadillac into a crowded playground in 1999 has quietly closed its doors. The Southcoast Early Childhood Learning Center, which survived that tragedy as well as a bruising battle with neighbors opposed to a security fence installed in the wake of the killings, closed Sept. 1.
NEWS
August 25, 2000
Los Angeles Times Articles
|