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May 3, 2001 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A yearlong investigation into the attempted slaying of an Irvine drug company executive took a twist Wednesday when Orange County grand jurors indicted on weapons charges the lab assistant of a doctor who police believe masterminded the murder plot. The unexpected move comes as investigators struggle to find the masked gunman who last year shot and wounded Biofem Inc. Chief Executive James Patrick Riley as he arrived for work.
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May 26, 2001 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A longtime aide to an Irvine scientist accused of hatching an elaborate scheme to kill his business partner told police her boss gave her illegal weapons to dispose of, according to Orange County Grand Jury transcripts made public Friday. Valerie Kesler first told investigators she knew nothing about two assault weapons police found in her car and at her Newport Beach condo, a detective told grand jurors. Then, suddenly, she blurted out that her boss, Dr. Larry C. Ford of Biofem Inc.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2001 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A longtime aide to an Irvine scientist accused of hatching an elaborate scheme to kill his business partner told police her boss gave her illegal weapons to dispose of, according to Orange County Grand Jury transcripts made public Friday. Valerie Kesler first told investigators she knew nothing about two assault weapons police found in her car and at her Newport Beach condo, a detective told grand jurors. Then, suddenly, she blurted out that her boss, Dr. Larry C. Ford of Biofem Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2001 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A yearlong investigation into the attempted slaying of an Irvine drug company executive took a twist Wednesday when Orange County grand jurors indicted on weapons charges the lab assistant of a doctor who police believe masterminded the murder plot. The unexpected move comes as investigators struggle to find the masked gunman who last year shot and wounded Biofem Inc. Chief Executive James Patrick Riley as he arrived for work.
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December 8, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
An aide to an Irvine scientist suspected of masterminding a scheme to kill his business partner pleaded guilty Friday to possessing and transporting illegal weapons. Valerie Kesler, 38, was sentenced to three years' probation, prosecutors said. Kesler worked with Larry C. Ford, co-founder of Biofem Inc., who authorities suspect was behind last year's failed attempt to kill the firm's chief executive, James Patrick Riley. Ford later killed himself.
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May 19, 2001 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A longtime aide to the Irvine scientist suspected of masterminding an elaborate scheme to kill his business partner pleaded not guilty Friday to two indictments for allegedly possessing and transporting illegal weapons. Valerie Kesler, 37, entered the plea a week after she posted a $100,000 bail bond. If convicted, she could receive a maximum sentence of nearly nine years in prison. Kesler worked alongside Dr. Larry C. Ford, co-founder and director of science at Biofem Inc.
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May 3, 2001 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A yearlong probe into the attempted slaying of an Irvine drug company executive took a new turn Wednesday when Orange County grand jurors indicted on weapons charges the lab assistant of a doctor police believe masterminded the elaborate murder plot. The unexpected move comes as investigators struggle to find the masked gunman who last year wounded Biofem Inc. CEO James Patrick Riley as he arrived for work.
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