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September 19, 2008 | Christopher Goffard, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County jury Thursday convicted a 23-year-old Huntington Beach man of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend's mother. Ian W. Allen faces 25 years to life in prison. Barbara Mullenix, 56, was stabbed and slashed more than 50 times when her then 17-year-old daughter, Rachael Mullenix, conspiring with Allen, attacked her in her Huntington Beach bedroom on Sept. 13, 2006. The daughter was convicted of first-degree murder in July.
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January 4, 1990 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 36-year-old former member of a motorcycle gang testified Wednesday that he was so frightened after watching Thomas F. Maniscalco and a small band of killers leave three people dead in a Westminster home in 1980 that he hid for a year for fear he would be next. Robert Robbins, a bearded former member of The Family motorcycle gang in Michigan, was the leadoff witness at Maniscalco's murder trial in the Memorial Day triple slaying.
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April 30, 1991 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors have begun hearing testimony in the first in a series of trials that federal prosecutors say should be the coup de grace to an organization that once had seemed all but unstoppable. For a quarter of a century, the El Rukn Nation, under one name or another, has ruled large swaths of Chicago's South Side through violence and intimidation.
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March 31, 1992 | DONNETTE DUNBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An attorney for Maria del Rosio Alfaro, who could face the death penalty after being convicted of killing a 9-year-old Anaheim girl, on Monday said his client was a victim of the "dreaded disease of drugs" and oblivious of the crime she committed. Defense attorney William M. Monroe, in an opening statement during the penalty phase of Alfaro's trial, painted the 20-year-old convicted killer as a "woman-child" whose lifestyle led to tragedy.
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December 7, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors in the Menendez brothers murder trial will be given instructions on self-defense that could lead to a reduced manslaughter verdict but not to outright acquittal, the judge in the case decided Monday--all but dashing defense hopes that the brothers might be exonerated. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Stanley M.
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August 22, 1991 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nadia Puente thought she was going to help a teacher unload some books when she entered a gray car while walking home from school the afternoon of March 20, 1989. Early the next morning, the body of the 9-year-old Santa Ana girl was found stuffed in a silver trash can at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. Authorities allege that Nadia was kidnaped, sexually assaulted and killed by Richard Lucio DeHoyos, 34, a former assistant manager of a Taco Bell restaurant in Westminster.
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January 28, 1995 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rams cornerback Darryl Henley, charged with operating a cross-country drug ring from his Brea home, is the victim of an elaborate frame-up by a former Rams cheerleader and her parents, his attorney said Friday as the trial began. Attorney Roger Cossack told jurors in his opening statements that the prosecution's key witness, cheerleader Tracy Ann Donaho, will falsely accuse the star defensive player of masterminding a cocaine-trafficking scheme.
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July 27, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Erik Menendez confessed to the shotgun slayings of his parents, saying his brother had told him, "Let's do it," with the instruction, "Shoot Mom," his onetime best friend testified Monday. Craig Cignarelli, 23, testifying as a prosecution witness, said Erik Menendez also told him he had shot his mother in the TV room of the family's $4-million Beverly Hills mansion "as she was standing up and yelling."
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September 4, 1997 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three members of the Mexican Mafia, including a reputed godfather of the violent prison gang, were sentenced Wednesday to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole after a federal jury convicted them earlier this year of racketeering and conspiracy charges. A fourth defendant, 27-year-old Juan "China Boy" Arias, received a 32-year sentence in federal prison, partly because of his young age, the judge said.
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September 3, 1997 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two members of the Mexican Mafia--convicted in May after a seven-month federal trial that prosecutors hailed as a serious blow against the secretive prison gang--were sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. True to the code of silence in which members deny the organization's very existence, Randy "Cowboy" Therrien, 37, of Moreno Valley, looked straight ahead and said nothing when U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W.
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