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March 18, 2008 | Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writer
The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday turned down a death row inmate's request for a new trial, even though most of the key witnesses in the case have recanted or contradicted their earlier testimony. Troy Anthony Davis, 39, was convicted of killing a Savannah police officer after a 1991 trial based entirely on witnesses' accounts. Seven of the nine who implicated Davis have since changed their story in sworn affidavits, with several claiming they were pressured by police in their earlier statements.
April 13, 2014 | Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason and Hailey Branson-Potts
Two conflicting eyewitness accounts emerged Saturday as investigators delved deeper into the cause of the horrific collision between a truck and a charter bus that killed 10 and cast a pall over a college-acceptance trip to Humboldt State University. A driver who was sideswiped moments before Thursday evening's fatal accident said she saw flames coming from beneath a FedEx freight truck as it veered across a grassy median toward disaster. A man who lives next to Interstate 5, however, said he saw no flames from the truck before the crash and watched the twin-trailer FedEx vehicle swerve out of control after it made an abortive attempt to move into the fast lane.
May 19, 1989
Manager Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds, under investigation for alleged gambling, will be allowed to bring witnesses to his hearing before Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti next Thursday. Deputy Commissioner Francis T. Vincent said: "It's going to be a fair hearing."
April 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - South African athlete Oscar Pistorius rambled and at times contradicted himself under cross-examination Wednesday during his trial for the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. "My memory is not very good at the moment," Pistorius said during testimony at Pretoria's High Court. "I'm under a lot of pressure sitting here. I'm defending for my life. " Pistorius, who has pleaded not guilty to murder and said he mistakenly shot Steenkamp at his house last year thinking she was an intruder, acknowledged that he was weighing every implication as he responded to questions from prosecutor Gerrie Nel. "But Reeva doesn't have a life anymore, because of what you did," Nel said to Pistorius.
A man who witnesses said committed a 1980 Orange County murder for which a wrongly convicted man spent 20 years in prison has been set free, and prosecutors have no immediate plans to charge him in connection with the case. Raymond Herman Jackett, 41, was paroled April 15 from Ironwood State Prison in Blythe, where he had been held on drug and fraud charges unrelated to the December 1980 slaying of a Burger King assistant manager.
Federal investigators are preparing to search a garbage-strewn hillside near downtown Tijuana for the graves of three people who an informant claims were buried there by former Los Angeles Police Department officers Rafael Perez and David Mack, law enforcement sources confirmed Tuesday. The search, expected to occur within days, is part of an ongoing federal investigation aimed at corroborating the allegations of 23-year-old Sonia Flores, Perez's former lover.
Rasheeda Moore, the former model who cooperated with the FBI in setting up Washington Mayor Marion Barry's drug arrest, testified at his trial Wednesday that the two had used cocaine and other drugs "over 100 times." During the three years of a relationship that was also sexual, Moore testified, she and Barry used drugs at all hours and in all places--in hotels, borrowed apartments, government offices, a drug dealer's rooming house and Barry's own home.
February 5, 1999
Why do the Republicans want witnesses? To cover their Hyde. SCOTT J. TEPPER Hidden Hills
March 30, 2011 | By ALESSANDRA RIZZO
ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi's defense lawyers on Tuesday named George Clooney, the Italian foreign minister and a bevy of showgirls as witnesses at the premier's upcoming prostitution trial, an attorney and news reports said. Prosecutors, for their part, have asked to hear from 136 witnesses, including the Moroccan teenager at the center of the scandal and 32 other women who allegedly worked as prostitutes during parties at Berlusconi's villa, according to Italian news reports.
January 31, 2014
Re "Puzzling silence after death," Column, Jan. 28 My first thought after reading Sandy Banks' column on the friends of Kim Pham - who witnessed the horrendous assault that killed the young woman - refusing to talk to police was that it seems they have something to hide. I don't get it. Silence is definitely not golden here. Marie Pollara Lévesque Lake Balboa ALSO: Letters: How'd they get their guns? Letters: How safe is your credit card?
March 24, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Accustomed to living glamorously in the spotlight, Noël Coward conducted his private affairs, in the words of writer Rebecca West, "with an impeccable dignity … which was reticent but untainted by pretense. " Given that homosexual acts weren't decriminalized in Britain until 1967, Coward's glass-door closet wasn't just a witty place to be - it was also a fairly courageous one. But attitudes were rapidly changing. "Homosexuality is becoming as normal as blueberry-pie," Coward observed in his diaries in 1960.
March 13, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - At least four people were reported dead after knife-wielding assailants stabbed and slashed passers-by Friday morning in Changsha, in China's south-central Hunan province. Witnesses described the assailants as Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking minority from northwestern China's Xinjiang region. Militants from that region were implicated in a knifing rampage March 1 that left 33 people dead at a train station in Kunming, China. 12:15 a.m. update: The death toll from Friday's knife attack in Changsha has reached six. Initial witness reports indicated that members of a Turkic minority from northwestern China could have been involved.
March 12, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Karolina Knepaite was making coffee in the kitchen of her fifth-story apartment in East Harlem on Wednesday when it happened. A tremendous blast erupted from a row of residential buildings across the street, blew out her windows, and sent a thick cloud of dark gray smoke through her neighborhood, in a building explosion that has killed at least two people and injured 18 others. When she looked outside, Knepaite told the Los Angeles Times in a phone interview, personal belongings lay scattered in the street.
March 9, 2014 | By Richie Duchon
Witnesses described the moment Saturday night when a stage collapsed during a performance at an Anaheim high school, injuring about two dozen students. "All of a sudden the very front row just completely fell under. We were all in shock," student Stephanie Stevenson told KABC-TV. Another student, Sabrina Lee, added in an interview with the station: "We were all jumping, having fun. We've done it five times before, and then all of a sudden, the girls in front of me just disappeared.
March 6, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- In the minutes after he fatally shot his girlfriend, South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius wept, prayed and begged that she would survive, according to testimony in his murder trial Thursday by a Pretoria radiologist who was one of the first people on the scene. Pistorius, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, wept in Pretoria's High Court as the radiologist, Dr. Johan Stipp, offered a graphic medical account of her fatal injuries and described the athlete's distress at the time.
March 5, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius asked a friend to lie and take the blame after Pistorius accidentally fired a shot in a popular restaurant in an upscale Johannesburg neighborhood last year, according to testimony in the South African Olympic athlete's murder trial Wednesday. Boxer Kevin Lerena told the Gauteng North High Court that he was with Pistorius and other friends at Tasha's restaurant in Melrose Arch in January 2013, weeks before Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in his apartment in the early hours of Valentine's Day that year.
September 17, 2012 | By Sandra Hernandez
Common sense and fairness would seem to dictate that the federal government ought not deport an exonerating witness before the witness has been allowed to testify. But good sense is apparently in short supply, at least that's what the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeal said Friday in a sharply worded ruling. "May the government deport an illegal alien who can provide exculpatory evidence for a criminal defendant before counsel for that defendant has even been appointed? We believe the answer is self-evident, as the government recognized in an earlier case where it moved to vacate a conviction after it deported witnesses whose testimony would have exculpated defendant," Judge Alex Kozinski wrote for the three judge panel.
December 18, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Investigators searched for witnesses Wednesday after a 45-year-old woman was found dead by her daughter in Gramercy Park , authorities said. Wanda Mittie Threadgill, 45, was discovered Tuesday afternoon by her 27-year-old daughter in the 9500 block of South Western Avenue after she had not heard from her mother in about two weeks. “It's not like her not to answer her phone,” said Crystal Spradley, of Los Angeles. On Tuesday morning, Spradley, her boyfriend, and her cousin went to check on her mother.
March 4, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- A neighbor of Olympian Oscar Pistorius testified in his murder trial Tuesday that she thought she heard a woman loudly arguing with someone the night the athlete shot and killed his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. Estelle Van der Merwe, who lives less than 100 yards from Pistorius' house, said she was was awoken by the sound at 1:06 a.m. on Valentine's Day last year. She said she was irritated by the loud voice, and tried to get to sleep by putting a pillow on her head.
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