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April 10, 1991 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After re-examining 2-year-old evidence, the armed forces medical examiner has now ruled that it is unknown how Marine Capt. Jeffrey Digman died. Digman was found dead in 1989, shot in the head in his home. Marine officials and the Riverside County coroner had said it was suicide. But Digman's parents in Cypress say it was murder. "Somebody out there shot our son," said Bill Digman, a retired engineer. "There's a culpable person out there still walking the streets."
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April 12, 2000 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man known as "Neemy" appeared to neighbors to be a decent fellow--quiet, always quick to help them out with something from his toolbox. And so they had trouble Tuesday reconciling the fact that Onesimus P. James allegedly erupted into such a fit of jealous anger that he repeatedly assaulted and raped his girlfriend during the weekend and then shot her two young girls in the head after she escaped.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two 14-year-old girls, each carrying a handgun, walked into the desert behind a housing tract in Victorville and executed a double-suicide pact that stunned their parents and friends, authorities said Wednesday. One victim gave a classmate a suicide note during school Tuesday with the admonition that it not be opened until the end of classes. By the time the girl read the note and became frantic, the teen-agers were dead, officials said.
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January 2, 1996
A Riverside police officer remained in critical condition Monday, two days after he was shot in the neck during a traffic stop, authorities said. Officer Charles Schiortino, 24, was wounded Saturday night after he and his partner stopped a weaving van, said Police Sgt. Robert Hanson. The suspected gunman, Tyrone J. Kirksey, 32, of Riverside later apparently shot himself to death, Hanson said.
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June 9, 1987 | United Press International
A man who collected rattlesnakes as a hobby committed suicide by allowing one of the snakes to bite him several times in the hand, authorities said Monday. Mark W. Johnson, 38, of Idyllwild, apparently had been depressed after separating from his girlfriend about a month ago and decided to kill himself Saturday, said Kenneth Nugent, a coroner's investigator.
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December 20, 1990 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marine Corps Capt. Jeffrey Digman was found dead, shot in the head in his Temecula home. The Marine Corps called it suicide. But Digman's parents refuse to accept that. His death has grown into an obsession, a mission on which they have spent two years and $75,000 hiring experts. The Digmans talk about bullet trajectories and blood spatters. Upstairs, in their immaculate Cypress home, they have created in their son's childhood bedroom a replica of the death scene.
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March 28, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The widow of a slain insurance executive from Laguna Niguel and her 22-year-old lover were found dead in a motel room here, and authorities are investigating whether the double suicide is linked to the earlier killing. The bodies of Lynn Houston, 44, of Laguna Niguel and Arturo Montes of Santa Ana were discovered by a maid at the Banning Travelodge, Banning Police Sgt. Linda Bianchi said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2000 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man known as "Neemy" appeared to neighbors to be a decent fellow--quiet, always quick to help them out with something from his toolbox. And so they had trouble Tuesday reconciling the fact that Onesimus P. James allegedly erupted into such a fit of jealous anger that he repeatedly assaulted and raped his girlfriend during the weekend and then shot her two young girls in the head after she escaped.
NEWS
January 2, 1996
A Riverside police officer remained in critical condition Monday, two days after he was shot in the neck during a traffic stop, authorities said. Officer Charles Schiortino, 24, was wounded Saturday night after he and his partner stopped a weaving van, said Police Sgt. Robert Hanson. The suspected gunman, Tyrone J. Kirksey, 32, of Riverside later apparently shot himself to death, Hanson said.
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January 1, 1996 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Riverside police officer was in intensive care Sunday after suffering a gunshot wound to the neck during a roadside traffic stop, authorities said. His attacker later shot himself to death inside a nearby home. Officer Charles Schiortino, 24, and his partner had pulled over a van that they spotted weaving on Wood Road on Saturday night.
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February 23, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two 14-year-old girls, each carrying a handgun, walked into the desert behind a housing tract in Victorville and executed a double-suicide pact that stunned their parents and friends, authorities said Wednesday. One victim gave a classmate a suicide note during school Tuesday with the admonition that it not be opened until the end of classes. By the time the girl read the note and became frantic, the teen-agers were dead, officials said.
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March 28, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The widow of a slain insurance executive from Laguna Niguel and her 22-year-old lover were found dead in a motel room here, and authorities are investigating whether the double suicide is linked to the earlier killing. The bodies of Lynn Houston, 44, of Laguna Niguel and Arturo Montes of Santa Ana were discovered by a maid at the Banning Travelodge, Banning Police Sgt. Linda Bianchi said.
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March 28, 1992 | THUAN LE and ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The widow of a slain insurance executive from Laguna Niguel and her 22-year-old lover were found dead in a motel room here, and authorities are investigating whether the double suicide is linked to the killing. The bodies of Lynn Houston, 44, of Laguna Niguel and Arturo Montes of Santa Ana were discovered last Saturday afternoon by a maid at the Banning Travelodge, Banning Police Sgt. Linda Bianchi said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1991 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After re-examining 2-year-old evidence, the armed forces medical examiner has now ruled that it is unknown how Marine Capt. Jeffrey Digman died. Digman was found dead in 1989, shot in the head in his home. Marine officials and the Riverside County coroner had said it was suicide. But Digman's parents in Cypress say it was murder. "Somebody out there shot our son," said Bill Digman, a retired engineer. "There's a culpable person out there still walking the streets."
NEWS
January 1, 1996 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Riverside police officer was in intensive care Sunday after suffering a gunshot wound to the neck during a roadside traffic stop, authorities said. His attacker later shot himself to death inside a nearby home. Officer Charles Schiortino, 24, and his partner had pulled over a van that they spotted weaving on Wood Road on Saturday night.
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March 31, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK, Times Staff Writer
A disillusioned and angry Murray D. Payne, who spent 57 days in a military jail at Camp Pendleton on suspicion of murdering his wife, said Thursday that his legal problems began when Corona police officers decided over "a cup of coffee" that he had killed his wife and hanged her body from the garage rafters to make her death look like suicide.
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December 20, 1990 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marine Corps Capt. Jeffrey Digman was found dead, shot in the head in his Temecula home. The Marine Corps called it suicide. But Digman's parents refuse to accept that. His death has grown into an obsession, a mission on which they have spent two years and $75,000 hiring experts. The Digmans talk about bullet trajectories and blood spatters. Upstairs, in their immaculate Cypress home, they have created in their son's childhood bedroom a replica of the death scene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK, Times Staff Writer
A disillusioned and angry Murray D. Payne, who spent 57 days in a military jail at Camp Pendleton on suspicion of murdering his wife, said Thursday that his legal problems began when Corona police officers decided over "a cup of coffee" that he had killed his wife and hanged her body from the garage rafters to make her death look like suicide.
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