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December 19, 2009 | By Jack Leonard
A former security guard accused of fatally shooting an 18-year-old college student in a Palmdale parking lot nearly a decade ago was convicted of murder Friday, authorities said. The verdict caps a lengthy legal saga that began when Raymond Lee Jennings first reported finding Michelle O'Keefe's body during a routine patrol of the park-and-ride lot. Investigators found the victim, a student at Antelope Valley College, slumped in the front seat of her Ford Mustang. She had been shot four times in the chest and face.
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March 11, 2014 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON -- After a deluge of television ads, robocalls and mailers fueled by more than $12 million in campaign spending, only one thing is certain about today's special congressional election in Florida: The results will be over-interpreted. Public polls have shown Democratic candidate Alex Sink clinging to a very small lead over Republican David Jolly. But as of Monday, with more than 125,000 mail-in ballots and early votes cast - probably 60% to 70% of the total vote - registered Republicans have outnumbered registered Democrats by a little more than 5,000 voters.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2008 | Jack Leonard
Jurors deliberating in the rape trial of fashion designer Anand Jon told the court Wednesday they had reached verdicts on some of the 23 charges he faces, authorities said. Superior Court Judge David S. Wesley told the panel to keep deliberating but said he would read their verdicts this afternoon, said district attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison. The announcement follows Wesley's decision earlier this week to deny prosecutors' request to replace a juror who fellow panelists accused of failing to properly deliberate and discuss evidence in the case.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
The family friend who piloted a personal watercraft in the July 2012 boating accident that killed Usher's stepson Kile Glover was found guilty in Atlanta on Thursday of homicide by vessel and several related charges.  Jeffrey Simon Hubbard was also found guilty of serious injury by vessel, reckless operation, unlawful operation of personal watercraft and a boat traffic violation,  according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Kile, the 11-year-old son of Tameka Foster Raymond and Atlanta television executive Ryan Glover whom Usher had reportedly raised like his own since age 4, was floating with a 15-year-old girl on a towed inner tube when they were hit by Hubbard's watercraft on July 6, 2012.
NEWS
October 4, 1995 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bringing one of history's most riveting courtroom dramas to a stunning climax, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of two counts of murder Tuesday, verdicts that set the football Hall of Famer free 474 days after he was arrested and charged with a brutal double homicide. At 11:16 a.m., Simpson returned home to his Brentwood estate, embracing his longtime friend Al Cowlings in the same driveway where the two were arrested on June 17, 1994. As night fell, crowds of well-wishers and detractors gathered beyond police barricades while the Simpson entourage partied inside the famous home.
NATIONAL
March 4, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A man tracked down after a video was found of him sexually assaulting a 2-year-old girl was convicted of that attack and another on a 6-year-old. Chester Arthur Stiles, 38, displayed no emotion as guilty verdicts were read against him for 22 felonies, including sexual assault, in a Las Vegas courtroom. He faces multiple life terms at sentencing, set for May 8. Nineteen of the charges stemmed from acts Stiles videotaped of himself with the toddler in 2003.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | Jean Merl
A Los Angeles jury Tuesday found state Sen. Roderick D. Wright, a fixture in area Democratic politics, guilty on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud. Prosecutors said Wright, the first member of the Legislature to be convicted of a felony since the Shrimpscam sting of the 1990s, could face more than eight years behind bars and be banned for life from holding other elective office. It is unclear whether he must forfeit his Senate seat. The lawmaker, who sat with his head bowed as a criminal courts clerk read the verdicts, had no comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2004 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A teenage girl was found guilty Tuesday of helping two men kill popular young actor Merlin Santana, making a clean sweep for prosecutors, who earlier won convictions against her two codefendants. Monique King lied to her two accomplices by saying the actor had made sexual advances toward her; she also helped them get away after they shot Santana, said Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry P. Fidler.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1993 | From Associated Press
A jury Monday ordered Zsa Zsa Gabor and her husband to pay Elke Sommer $2 million for allegedly telling German publications that Sommer is a financially strapped Hollywood has-been. The Santa Monica Superior Court panel awarded Sommer $800,000 in general damages for statements attributed to Gabor and $1.2 million in general damages for statements linked to Frederick von Anhalt. The jury was scheduled to resume deliberations today to decide punitive damages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives
Angela Spaccia, the $564,000-a-year deputy to the disgraced former city manager of Bell, was found guilty Monday of 11 felony counts related to her role in the corruption scandal, becoming the seventh official convicted of enriching themselves at the expensive of the working-class residents. Spaccia, the last figure in the Bell scandal to be convicted or enter a plea, was taken away in handcuffs after a jury rendered the verdicts in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. Though she wept several times during her testimony, Spaccia showed no emotion when the verdicts were read, pronouncing her guilty of multiple counts of misappropriation of public funds, conflict of interest and secretion of public documents.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The jury in the murder trial of Michael Dunn, accused of shooting an unarmed teenager to death during a dispute over loud music, has reached verdicts on four charges but said on Saturday it could not agree on the top count of first-degree murder. The jury, which is in the fourth day of weighing Dunn's fate, announced its status in a note to  Judge Russell L. Healey late Saturday afternoon. The judge read the jury the so-called dynamite charge, urging them to return to their deliberations and try to resolve their differences.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A jury in Florida returned a split verdict in the case of Michael Dunn, accused of killing an unarmed teenager in a dispute over loud music - a decision that will put the software engineer in prison for the rest of his life but leaves unanswered lingering questions about race, guns and self-defense law. In its fourth day of deliberation Saturday, the jury convicted Dunn, 47, of four charges. But the jury, which included two African American women, one Latino man, an Asian American woman and eight white people, couldn't reach a decision on the charge of first-degree murder in the killing of Jordan Davis, who would have celebrated his 19th birthday Sunday.
NATIONAL
January 31, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Amanda Knox said in an emotional interview on Friday that news of the Italian court reinstating her murder conviction in the 2007 killing of her British roommate Meredith Kercher hit her "like a train. " "I did not expect this to happen," Knox told Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America. "I really expected so much better from the Italian justice system. They found me innocent before. " The 26-year-old shared a house in the Italian town of Perugia with Kercher, then 21, who was found partially naked in a pool of blood, her throat slashed.
WORLD
January 30, 2014 | By Tom Kington
FLORENCE, Italy -- American student Amanda Knox said she was “frightened and saddened” by an Italian court's decision Thursday to reverse her acquittal in the 2007 killing of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. “Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system,” Knox said in a statement from Seattle. “There has always been a marked lack of evidence. My family and I have suffered greatly from this wrongful persecution.” Knox, 26, shared a house in the Italian town of Perugia with Kercher, then 21, who was found partially naked in a pool of blood, her throat slashed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | Jean Merl
A Los Angeles jury Tuesday found state Sen. Roderick D. Wright, a fixture in area Democratic politics, guilty on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud. Prosecutors said Wright, the first member of the Legislature to be convicted of a felony since the Shrimpscam sting of the 1990s, could face more than eight years behind bars and be banned for life from holding other elective office. It is unclear whether he must forfeit his Senate seat. The lawmaker, who sat with his head bowed as a criminal courts clerk read the verdicts, had no comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel
A range of reactions from outrage to measured acceptance poured in Monday after an Orange County jury - after deliberating only hours - found that two former Fullerton police officers were not guilty of beating a homeless man to death. "I would do the same thing again," Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said. "I think it's a matter that a jury had to see. " Rackauckas, who tried the case himself, said he respected the jury's decision and moved immediately to dismiss charges against a third officer who was indicted in the case but had yet to be tried.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
After four days of deliberation, a jury Tuesday convicted serial rapist Vincent Sanchez of the brazen kidnapping and murder of a 20-year-old Moorpark College student in a case that stunned residents in relatively crime-free eastern Ventura County. The jury found Sanchez guilty of first-degree murder, kidnapping, attempted rape and related special circumstance allegations in the fatal shooting of Megan Barroso.
BUSINESS
October 13, 1999 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the nation's largest-ever trademark infringement award, a Los Angeles jury Tuesday ordered pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. to pay a British company $143 million for stealing the Trovan name to market its controversial antibiotic. Legal experts called the verdict "staggering," saying it raises the stakes for companies that deliberately infringe other companies' trademarks. Jurors said Pfizer, the second-largest U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014
Join Times reporters Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel at 9 a.m. Tuesday for a discussion about the verdict in the Kelly Thomas case. The three-week trial ended quickly and decisively Monday with
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
Two former Fullerton police officers accused of beating a homeless man to death in a crowded bus depot  were found not guilty on all charges Monday, ending a case prosecutors said offered jurors an opportunity to send the public a "message. " Both Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli lowered their heads as the verdicts were read. The family of the homeless man, Kelly Thomas, sobbed as the court clerk read the "not guilty" verdicts. The verdict comes after three weeks of testimony but only one full day of jury deliberation.
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