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By Jeremy Oberstein | May 31, 2008
LOS ANGELES ? During his third day of testimony, Juan Manuel Alvarez told jurors Thursday that he did not tell anyone he doused himself with gasoline until consulting with attorneys after he was arrested. ?You never told doctors at [Los Angeles] County Hospital [USC Medical Center] or county jail,? Deputy Dist. Atty. John Monaghan said. ?Not until after you were arrested did you ever tell anyone you were doused with gasoline. It was because you never did douse yourself with gasoline.
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LOCAL
By Jeremy Oberstein | May 31, 2008
LOS ANGELES — During his third day of testimony, Juan Manuel Alvarez told jurors Thursday that he did not tell anyone he doused himself with gasoline until consulting with attorneys after he was arrested. “You never told doctors at [Los Angeles] County Hospital [USC Medical Center] or county jail,” Deputy Dist. Atty. John Monaghan said. “Not until after you were arrested did you ever tell anyone you were doused with gasoline. It was because you never did douse yourself with gasoline.
LOCAL
By Jeremy Oberstein | June 26, 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 | June 25, 2008
LOS ANGELES — Closing arguments ended Tuesday as the prosecution and defense handed the case over to jurors, who will now decide the fate of Juan Manuel Alvarez. Alvarez is charged with 11 counts of murder and one count each of felony murder arson and train-wrecking for causing the Jan. 26, 2005, Metrolink train derailment that killed 11 people and left more than 180 injured when he parked his Jeep Cherokee on the tracks in front of an oncoming train. Defense attorney Thomas Kielty focused on two main themes during his nearly two-hour closing argument Monday: that a rock found near the tracks and marked with black tire treads — which the prosecution said was a tool Alvarez used to get on the tracks — showed Alvarez tried to reverse off the tracks; and that the fire that ignited after the derailment did not cause the deaths of 11 passengers and crew members.
LOCAL
By Jeremy Oberstein | June 21, 2008
LOS ANGELES — Defense attorneys started their closing arguments Thursday in the case against Juan Manuel Alvarez, telling jurors that he never intended to kill anyone, and that prosecutors’ attempts to portray Alvarez as an arsonist belie his true intent: suicide. Alvarez is charged with 11 counts of murder with special circumstances and one count each of felony murder, train-wrecking and arson for his role in the Jan. 26, 2005, Metrolink crash that left 11 dead and 184 others injured.
LOCAL
By Jeremy Oberstein | June 23, 2008
LOS ANGELES — Closing arguments continued for a third day Monday as the prosecution and defense drew one step closer to handing the case over to jurors who will soon be asked to decide the fate of Juan Manuel Alvarez. Alvarez is charged with 11 counts of murder and one count each of felony murder arson and train-wrecking for causing the Jan. 26, 2005, Metrolink train derailment that killed 11 people and left more than 180 injured when he parked his Jeep Cherokee on the tracks in front of an oncoming train.
LOCAL
By Jeremy Oberstein | March 26, 2008
LOS ANGELES — The first batch of what will be nearly 400 residents was called to the Criminal Courts Building in Downtown Los Angeles on Monday as attorneys began the laborious process of finding 16 jurors for the death penalty trial of Juan Manuel Alvarez, who is accused of causing the 2005 train wreck that left 11 dead and nearly 200 injured. Alvarez, a Compton resident who was raised in Mexico, is charged with 11 counts of murder, one count of arson and one count of train wrecking in connection with the Jan. 26, 2005, crash that occurred when a Metrolink train crashed into his Jeep Cherokee that was left on the tracks.
NEWS
January 29, 2005
Jacqui Brown and Josh Kleinbaum Martin Luevano thinks he must have guardian angels watching over him. The Montebello resident who works in Northridge stood watching the last train leave Burbank Wednesday morning a little more than an hour after the deadliest crash in Metrolink's history. He was visibly shaken by news of the three-train crash that killed 11 and injured nearly 200. Luevano usually takes the train twice a day to and from work and was grateful his schedule was such that he was not traveling that early in the morning.
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