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Craig Cignarelli, who testified for the prosecution that Erik Menendez confessed to the shotgun slayings of his parents, has fed jurors a series of lies, a high school pal suggested Thursday at Erik and Lyle Menendez's murder trial. Intensifying a defense attack on the credibility of the prosecution's main witnesses, Kevin Christopher (Casey) Whalen said Thursday that a basic detail of Cignarelli's confession story is not correct.
May 15, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Richard Winton
Two witnesses who saw Kern County sheriff's deputies beat David Silva before he died accused authorities of erasing one of the cellphone videos that captured the incident. Kern County Sheriff Danny Youngblood said Tuesday he has asked the FBI to conduct its own investigation after learning that one of two phones seized from witnesses had no footage on it. The two witnesses told The Times that they watched the videos on each of the phones last week in the wake of Silva's death.
Robert Levine knows all the stories. The gray-haired man talking with his wife over in the corner is a mob lawyer from the Midwest. The stout, mustachioed gentleman opposite him is a Mexican drug lord holding court with his extended family, complete with mournful wife, bored-looking daughter and solicitous son-in-law. Scattered about elsewhere in the linoleum-tiled waiting room on visiting day in the U.S.
December 21, 2011 | By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
  Two witnesses for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the intelligence analyst accused of passing a trove of national security secrets to WikiLeaks, testified Wednesday that analysts listened to music CDs, watched videos and played games on their classified computers in Iraq. Army Capt. Barclay Keay, who spent several weeks in charge of the intelligence unit where Manning worked, said he was surprised to see compact discs and other media items inside the supposedly secure facility at Forward Operating Base Hammer, near Baghdad, where the analysts handled highly classified materials.
April 15, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Long Beach police Monday night were looking for at least three people who witnessed a 63-year-old man being set on fire last week as he sat inside his sport utility vehicle. Jerry Payne was trapped inside his green SUV as flames quickly devoured the vehicle Friday evening. Payne died Monday morning , the Long Beach Police Department said. Payne was alone in the SUV outside a 7-Eleven store in the 5100 block of Pacific Coast Highway when a man walked up to the driver's side and threw a flammable substance into the vehicle, which exploded into flames, police said.  Some people rushed to help Payne, who lived in Long Beach.
February 20, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Efforts to save convicted murderer Coleman Wayne Gray from execution next week took a new twist as witnesses recanted testimony that led a jury to impose the death penalty on Gray 11 years ago. In affidavits given to Gray's lawyers, a co-defendant and two other witnesses said they lied under pressure from police and the prosecutor, who has denied the charge. Gray, 39, is scheduled to die for the 1985 murder of a grocery store manager. Gray's attorneys have appealed to the U.S.
February 21, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Three people were dead after an early Thursday-morning shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, in which the driver of one vehicle was shot dead and a taxi caught fire, killing a driver and a passenger. Los Angeles Times staff reporter John M. Glionna is reporting on the shooting from Las Vegas . Give a moment for the following Storify to load . Warning: Some users use strong language.
June 19, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The defense in the Jerry Sandusky trial continued to present its character witnesses Tuesday, each testifying that the former Penn State football coach who is charged with sexually abusing children is a good person and a "class act. " Neighbors, friends and former professors at Penn State testified that Sandusky is a good man and father figure. The witnesses are part of the defense strategy to rehabilitate Sandusky's image after more than four days of prosecution testimony that portrayed the former coach as a predatory pedophile.
September 30, 2013 | By Lee Romney
More than 40 friends and family members of a Dodgers fan slain after a Giants game in San Francisco passed out fliers and begged witnesses to Wednesday's fatal stabbing to come forward. Jonathan Denver's parents, brother and aunt said information about the stabbing will help bring closure to the Denver family, as well as to the family of a 21-year-old Lodi man who was arrested and released. He has not been charged. The family was handing out fliers, including one with a photo from the game Denver had attended on the night he was killed.
August 21, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas - The Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 in a mass shooting on this Army base nearly four years ago declined to testify or to call witnesses in his defense Wednesday. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 42, has been representing himself at his court martial for the last two weeks. Military legal experts had not expected Hasan to testify , because he would be limited to answering questions and subject to cross-examination by prosecutors.
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