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February 15, 1989 | CAROL McGRAW, Times Staff Writer
A mistrial was declared in the three-month murder trial of reputed gang member Virgil Byers, extending what is already the longest active criminal court case in Los Angeles County. Superior Court Judge Clarence Stromwell made the decision after jury members insisted that they were hopelessly deadlocked 11 to 1 after deliberating for more than a month. Byers is accused in two fatal drive-by shootings in the South-Central area in 1982.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The waiting ended for former gang leader Virgil Byars on Monday when a jury convicted him of separate drive-by shootings that left two people dead and three injured eight years ago. After a week of deliberations, the six-man, six-woman jury found him guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The waiting ended for former gang leader Virgil Byars on Monday when a jury convicted him of separate drive-by shootings that left two people dead and three injured eight years ago. After a week of deliberations, the six-man, six-woman jury found him guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shortly after 4 a.m. on Aug. 29, 1982, a young man named Virgil Byars telephoned police from a South Los Angeles telephone booth. "I would like to turn myself in," Byars told the voice that answered. "For murder." Nearly eight years have passed since that four-minute call, and Byars remains in County Jail without bail, his case unresolved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shortly after 4 a.m. on Aug. 29, 1982, a young man named Virgil Byars telephoned police from a South Los Angeles telephone booth. "I would like to turn myself in," Byars told the voice that answered. "For murder." Nearly eight years have passed since that four-minute call, and Byars remains in County Jail without bail, his case unresolved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1988 | CAROL McGRAW, Times Staff Writer
What is said to be the oldest pending criminal case in Los Angeles County is finally scheduled to go to trial--six years after the defendant, Virgil Byers, was arrested in two murders. Byers, a 26-year-old Los Angeles man charged with killing two rival gang members in separate drive-by shootings in the South-Central area, has been held in County Jail without bail since his arrest in August, 1982.
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March 3, 1989 | EDWIN CHEN, Times Staff Writer
One intruder had on a blue backpack. The other was wearing tan slacks. Or was it a green backpack and brown slacks? It happened so quickly--less than a minute--that 42 witnesses could not agree on such vital details when asked about the robbery two days later through conventional police interview techniques. The witnesses had been assembled by UCLA psychologists ostensibly to view a slide show.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1989 | CAROL McGRAW, Times Staff Writer
A mistrial was declared in the three-month murder trial of reputed gang member Virgil Byers, extending what is already the longest active criminal court case in Los Angeles County. Superior Court Judge Clarence Stromwell made the decision after jury members insisted that they were hopelessly deadlocked 11 to 1 after deliberating for more than a month. Byers is accused in two fatal drive-by shootings in the South-Central area in 1982.
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