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By: Tania Chatila | August 27, 2005
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Juan Manuel Alvarez, accused of murdering 11 people in the January Metrolink train derailment, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office announced in court Friday. A committee met Wednesday to go over the case, and the chairman of the committee, Kurt Hazell, made the final decision, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office. "It's not a popular vote," she said. "But the committee discusses the case and the chairman makes the final decision."
FEATURES
January 6, 2007
T he Vatican and some Italian government officials have criticized the execution of Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity on the grounds that the death penalty is morally wrong. Others, like President George W. Bush, say the justice dispensed to the former dictator was the result of a fair trial after years of Hussein's brutal rule. Executing Hussein is an important milestone in creating democracy in Iraq and working to defeat terrorism. What do you think? The state has not only the right but the obligation to keep the peace.
THE818NOW
July 24, 2012
David A. Garcia, the man accused of killing Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka in November 2003, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and other charges Tuesday. Garcia, 28, was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Pavelka, 26, was killed in an exchange of gunfi re during a routine stop outside the Ramada Inn after just 10 months on the force. His partner, Officer Gregory Campbell, was wounded as they approached a parked SUV -- in which Garcia was a passenger -- on suspicion that drug activity was taking place.
NEWS
By Jason Wells and Veronica Rocha, Times Community News | July 24, 2012
David A. Garcia, the man accused of killing Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka in November 2003, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and other charges Tuesday. Garcia, 28, was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Pavelka, 26, was killed in an exchange of gunfire during a routine stop outside the Ramada Inn after just 10 months on the force. His partner, Officer Gregory Campbell, was wounded as they approached a parked SUV in which Garcia was a passenger.
THE818NOW
September 11, 2012
Prosecutors charged a North Hollywood man with capital murder Tuesday in connection with the slaying of his parents. Jonathan Mercado, 25, was charged by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office with two counts of murder with the special circumstance of multiple murders. Prosecutors said they would not make an immediate determination whether to seek the death penalty. Continue reading > > -- Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
NEWS
May 8, 2004
He and the reviewer saw two different plays I have just finished reading your review of "The Drawer Boy" at the Colony Theater. I wonder if your reviewer, Maurice Barnfather, saw the same play that my wife and I saw. The play we saw was deeply moving, very touching, humorous, and outstandingly performed by all three cast members. Anyone who fails to see this remarkable production because of this review is going to miss an exceptional experience. ELLIOTT PORTER Burbank By-mail voting is smart and saves lots of money Having mail-in ballots for future elections is a very smart move on the city's part.
NEWS
April 21, 2004
A registered sex offender was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday in connection with the 1992 disappearance and slaying of a Northridge model, according to news reports. Burbank resident David Rademaker, 40, pleaded innocent in a Los Angeles courtroom to charges that he killed Kimberly Pandelios, 20. The indictment includes the special circumstance allegations of kidnapping and sodomy, according to the district attorney's office, which could make Rademaker eligible for the death penalty, reports said.
NEWS
February 26, 2003
Maurice Barnfather of Burbank is a freelance journalist. Director Alan Parker ("Midnight Express") does not shy from controversial subjects. "The Life of David Gale," and its exploration of the moral justification and effectiveness as a deterrent to murder of the death penalty, is no exception. Gale (Kevin Spacey) is a self-pitying, alcoholic philosophy professor implacably opposed to the death penalty who finds himself on Texas' death row with four days before his scheduled execution for the sadistic murder of Constance (Laura Linney)
NEWS
By CHARLES UNGER | December 31, 2005
There is a ruling that disturbs me. I think that it blurs the line between church and state. Let me begin by saying that Stevie Lamar Fields should never see the light of day again. In 1978 he was convicted of murder, kidnapping, rape and robbery. What makes matters worse is the fact that he committed these crimes shortly after he was released from prison where he had been serving time for another unrelated homicide. The good news is that Fields was convicted of these crimes. The problem is whether he should have been given life in prison or the death penalty.
LOCAL
By Jeremy Oberstein | April 19, 2008
LOS ANGELES ? Nine men, three women and six alternates were chosen to serve on a jury that will decide the fate of Juan Manuel Alvarez, whose capital murder trial is expected to begin April 28. Alvarez faces 11 counts of murder with special circumstances and one count each of train wrecking and arson in connection with a January 2005 collision that left 11 dead and more than 180 injured. In the early-morning hours of Jan. 26, 2005, Alvarez parked his Jeep Cherokee on Metrolink train tracks that straddle the border of Glendale and Los Angeles in what his attorneys claim was an attempt at ending his life.
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THE818NOW
September 11, 2012
Prosecutors charged a North Hollywood man with capital murder Tuesday in connection with the slaying of his parents. Jonathan Mercado, 25, was charged by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office with two counts of murder with the special circumstance of multiple murders. Prosecutors said they would not make an immediate determination whether to seek the death penalty. Continue reading > > -- Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
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THE818NOW
July 24, 2012
David A. Garcia, the man accused of killing Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka in November 2003, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and other charges Tuesday. Garcia, 28, was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Pavelka, 26, was killed in an exchange of gunfi re during a routine stop outside the Ramada Inn after just 10 months on the force. His partner, Officer Gregory Campbell, was wounded as they approached a parked SUV -- in which Garcia was a passenger -- on suspicion that drug activity was taking place.
NEWS
By Jason Wells and Veronica Rocha, Times Community News | July 24, 2012
David A. Garcia, the man accused of killing Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka in November 2003, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and other charges Tuesday. Garcia, 28, was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Pavelka, 26, was killed in an exchange of gunfire during a routine stop outside the Ramada Inn after just 10 months on the force. His partner, Officer Gregory Campbell, was wounded as they approached a parked SUV in which Garcia was a passenger.
NEWS
By CHARLES UNGER | November 8, 2008
I guess you can?t blame the guy for trying. Someone sentenced to death generally does not want to die, and I have seen all sorts of creative appeals in an attempt to get around the death penalty sentence. Perhaps the most creative of all was recently put forth by Cincinnati inmate Richard Cooey, whose claim was that he was too overweight to be executed. In the state of Ohio, lethal injection is used to terminate life. Cooey was 5-foot-7, 265 pounds. He was also a double murderer.
LOCAL
By Jeremy Oberstein | July 12, 2008
LOS ANGELES — Defense attorneys told jurors on Thursday they should not sentence Juan Manuel Alvarez to death, owing mostly to the rabid abuse he experienced as a child and remorse he showed after the incident, exemplified by a phone message that he left for his cousin shortly after the 2005 train wreck. In a brief message played during the penalty phase in the Los Angeles Superior Court room, a sobbing Alvarez, now 29, told Beto Alvarez: “I didn’t mean to do this, Beto.
LOCAL
By Jeremy Oberstein | July 9, 2008
LOS ANGELES — Emotionally charged testimony by co-workers and family members of victims who died in a 2005 Metrolink train crash marked the first day of the penalty phase against Juan Manuel Alvarez on Monday, highlighted by tearful jurors and loud weeping from those sitting in the packed courtroom. Alvarez, 29, was convicted of 11 counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson on June 26 for his role in the Jan. 26, 2005, Metrolink derailment that injured 184 crew members and passengers.
LOCAL
By Jeremy Oberstein | June 28, 2008
LOS ANGELES — After less than two days of deliberation, jurors found Juan Manuel Alvarez guilty Thursday of 11 counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson for his role in the January 2005 Metrolink train wreck. The nine-woman, three-man jury did not convict Alvarez on a train-wrecking charge, but found him at fault for at least one special-circumstance charge that could result in the death penalty. The penalty phase of the trial is scheduled to begin July 7, with testimony from victims’ family members, who filled the courtroom Thursday.
LOCAL
By Jeremy Oberstein | April 19, 2008
LOS ANGELES ? Nine men, three women and six alternates were chosen to serve on a jury that will decide the fate of Juan Manuel Alvarez, whose capital murder trial is expected to begin April 28. Alvarez faces 11 counts of murder with special circumstances and one count each of train wrecking and arson in connection with a January 2005 collision that left 11 dead and more than 180 injured. In the early-morning hours of Jan. 26, 2005, Alvarez parked his Jeep Cherokee on Metrolink train tracks that straddle the border of Glendale and Los Angeles in what his attorneys claim was an attempt at ending his life.
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