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April 18, 1997 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a high-profile case of a retired Navy officer convicted of killing the neighborhood bully, a judge reduced the conviction Thursday from murder to manslaughter and gave the killer a lighter sentence than prosecutors and the victim's family had sought. Superior Court Judge William Mudd said the victim, John Harper Jr.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel
An Orange County jury Monday found two former Fullerton police officers accused of killing a schizophrenic homeless man, Kelly Thomas, not guilty.  Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were charged with striking Kelly Thomas with a baton and a stun gun in a beating that left him comatose. He died five days later. [Updated at 4:25 p.m.: Ramos, Cicinelli and their families were swiftly escorted out of the courtroom. PHOTOS: The Kelly Thomas trial Ron Thomas, Kelly Thomas' father, said he was stunned by the verdict, saying he'd never seen such a miscarriage of justice.
NEWS
February 21, 1996 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Snoop Doggy Dogg, one of the nation's preeminent rap artists, was acquitted along with his bodyguard Tuesday of first- and second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of a gang member at a Palms park. Jurors also acquitted the 24-year-old rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, and bodyguard McKinley Lee on one charge each of conspiracy to commit assault in connection with the August 1993 death of Philip Woldemariam.
NEWS
April 18, 1993
After a three-month state court trial in Simi Valley, the not guilty verdicts touched off the worst urban riots this century. They took at least 52 lives and prompted U.S. officials to reopen a federal investigation into the March 3, 1991, beating of Rodney G. King. Here are some of the key events: 1992 The First Verdict Apr. 29: Jury finds all four Los Angeles police officers not guilty on all charges except one count against Officer Laurence M. Powell. The jury deadlocks on that charge.
NEWS
October 4, 1995
Contributing to coverage of the acquittal of O.J. Simpson were Times staff writers Fred Alvarez, Patrice Apodaca, Leslie Berger, Sharon Bernstein, Patricia Ward Biederman, Bettina Boxall, Miguel Bustillo, Ken Chang, Jack Cheevers, Ealena Callender, Frank Clifford, Richard Lee Colvin, Aaron Curtiss, Denise Gellene, Jane Hall, Jeannette DeSantis, Karen D'Souza, Emi Endo, Paul Feldman, David Ferrell, Abigail Goldman, Michael Granberry, Duke Helfand, Peter Hong, John Hurst, Paul Johnson, J.
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.
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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