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June 11, 1996 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury deadlocked today in the trial of a San Clemente tow truck driver accused of animal cruelty for beheading two pet cats he said he could not afford to keep. After deliberating for two hours, the 12-member jury could not agree on a verdict for Danny Drake, 38, who was charged with two misdemeanors for decapitating two of his cats in his backyard April 10. Judge Ronald Kreber ordered a new trial, and the date for the pretrial for July 8 in Municipal Court in Laguna Niguel.
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November 28, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A man charged last year in a "serial thrill-kill" rampage in Orange County that left six people dead, including four homeless men and a woman and her son, died Thursday after being found sick in his jail cell, a sheriff's spokesman said. Deputies found Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo, 25, ill in his single-man cell about 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Central Jail in Santa Ana, said Lt. Jeff Hallock. Medical staff at the jail attended to him, and paramedics transported him to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, Hallock said.
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June 11, 1996 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Celebrated defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz returned to a Southern California courtroom Monday, but to a far less glamorous setting than the murder trial of O.J. Simpson. The defendant was a no-name. The TV cameras were gone. And Dershowitz lost. Dershowitz argued in a U.S. District Court here on behalf Nagesh Shetty, a Huntington Beach doctor charged with filing a false tax return. Dershowitz flew cross-country to argue a single motion on the doctor's behalf.
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July 16, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
In life, Nick Adenhart was a little-known rookie pitcher with a strong work ethic and a powerful arm. But in death, he has become an icon, a "fallen angel," according to fans. Adenhart, 22, was killed in an April 2009 car accident by a suspected drunk driver, hours after his first start of the season for the Angels, a game in which he threw for six scoreless innings. Now, as the trial of the accused driver is set to start in Orange County, a judge must decide whether Andrew Thomas Gallo can get a fair trial in the county where the home team lost a hero.
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June 24, 1995 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County public defender's office has saved nearly $5 million since the county declared bankruptcy in December, but the changes have brought damaging effects that are making caseloads "nearly unmanageable," officials said Friday. "We're pretty much at the end of our rope," Chief Deputy Public Defender Carl C. Holmes said. "We've done all we can do. . . . We've got to have some relief. We've got to be able to put some replacements in here or we're not going to make it."
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August 14, 1996 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal jury on Tuesday deadlocked on a murder charge against a Corona drug dealer, but convicted him on drug and weapons charges that could land him in prison for the remainder of his life. Jurors told U. S. District Judge Gary L. Taylor they could not convict Juan Benito Castro of killing a 28-year-old San Bernardino County man and dumping his body in some bushes along Santa Ana Canyon Road in Anaheim Hills.
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November 9, 1989
"Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez, sentenced to death in Los Angeles for 13 murders, will not be prosecuted in Orange County on rape and attempted murder charges in a 1985 attack on a Mission Viejo couple, but will be tried for murder in San Francisco, officials said Wednesday. "We didn't want to put our (rape) victim through the ordeal of testifying again unless we had to," said Orange County Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. James G. Enright.
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August 19, 1994 | Associated Press
The state Supreme Court refused Thursday to block the transfer to Orange County of Charles Ng's trial on charges of 12 sex and torture murders. Ng is being held in Calaveras County, where prosecutors say the murders occurred and some of the victims were found. His lawyers sought a transfer because of pretrial publicity but argued that the case should be tried in San Francisco, where a 13th murder was allegedly committed.
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April 1, 1997 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In their first face-to-face confrontation since Orange County declared bankruptcy 2 1/2 years ago, ex-Treasurer Robert L. Citron accused his former protege in court Monday of concocting the scheme to skim nearly $90 million in interest earnings from outside investors in the county's ill-fated investment pool. Citron was called as a prosecution witness against his former top assistant, Matthew R.
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January 4, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
A 68-year-old pedophile who preyed on young boys should remain in a state mental facility because he is "not curable," a prosecutor said in opening statements to an Orange County jury Thursday. Sid Landau "has no boundaries" when it comes to children and deserves to stay in state custody where he has been housed for the last seven years and continue treatment, said prosecutor Amy Pope. Landau has admitted to abusing 10 boys.
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January 4, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
A 68-year-old pedophile who preyed on young boys should remain in a state mental facility because he is "not curable," a prosecutor said in opening statements to an Orange County jury Thursday. Sid Landau "has no boundaries" when it comes to children and deserves to stay in state custody where he has been housed for the last seven years and continue treatment, said prosecutor Amy Pope. Landau has admitted to abusing 10 boys.
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February 8, 2005 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County judge abruptly halted the retrial of a high-profile rape case Monday after a defense attorney told jurors that the alleged victim had evolved from an "innocent" girl to a sex-crazed teen who sold drugs to children. The case, in which three young men are accused of sexually assaulting an allegedly unconscious 16-year-old girl during a summer party in 2002, will resume Wednesday in Santa Ana.
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August 7, 2002 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The British press invaded the Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana on Tuesday, and those in its way didn't know what hit them. More than 20 reporters and photographers from various Fleet Street papers charged down the narrow hallways and escalators of the courthouse, chasing a defense attorney and an alleged crime victim and his mother out of the building. "Move! Move! Move!" members of the press pack yelled as they breathlessly pushed past bystanders.
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October 19, 1997 | From Associated Press
Police here have inadvertently destroyed crucial evidence--including bullets and blood samples--in the case of a suspected mass murderer who is also facing charges in Orange County, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. Defense attorneys say the mix-up is a major blow to the murder case against Charles Ng, who will be tried for the 1984 killing of San Francisco taxi driver Donald Guiletti.
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April 1, 1997 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In their first face-to-face confrontation since Orange County declared bankruptcy 2 1/2 years ago, ex-Treasurer Robert L. Citron accused his former protege in court Monday of concocting the scheme to skim nearly $90 million in interest earnings from outside investors in the county's ill-fated investment pool. Citron was called as a prosecution witness against his former top assistant, Matthew R.
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August 14, 1996 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal jury on Tuesday deadlocked on a murder charge against a Corona drug dealer, but convicted him on drug and weapons charges that could land him in prison for the remainder of his life. Jurors told U. S. District Judge Gary L. Taylor they could not convict Juan Benito Castro of killing a 28-year-old San Bernardino County man and dumping his body in some bushes along Santa Ana Canyon Road in Anaheim Hills.
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July 26, 1994 | RENE LYNCH and H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Blood tests may settle a debate over jurisdiction by week's end, but officials said Monday that it could take months to extradite John J. Famalaro if he is to stand trial in Orange County in the killing of Denise Huber. Defense attorney Thomas K. Kelly has said he believes it would be "advantageous" for his client to be tried in California, where he said prosecutors would have a tougher time seeking the death penalty against Famalaro.
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June 11, 1996 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury deadlocked today in the trial of a San Clemente tow truck driver accused of animal cruelty for beheading two pet cats he said he could not afford to keep. After deliberating for two hours, the 12-member jury could not agree on a verdict for Danny Drake, 38, who was charged with two misdemeanors for decapitating two of his cats in his backyard April 10. Judge Ronald Kreber ordered a new trial, and the date for the pretrial for July 8 in Municipal Court in Laguna Niguel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1996 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Celebrated defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz returned to a Southern California courtroom Monday, but to a far less glamorous setting than the murder trial of O.J. Simpson. The defendant was a no-name. The TV cameras were gone. And Dershowitz lost. Dershowitz argued in a U.S. District Court here on behalf Nagesh Shetty, a Huntington Beach doctor charged with filing a false tax return. Dershowitz flew cross-country to argue a single motion on the doctor's behalf.
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