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Prosecution Not Asking for Death Penalty in Murder Case

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A guilty verdict from a jury has resolved a cold murder case that had been on the books in California since 1980. The city's district attorney's office chose not to request the death penalty for the 60-year-old man convicted of raping and murdering a 36-year-old woman in her Silver Lake apartment.

A new lead alerted cold case detectives at the L.A. Police Department that a man, already in prison for a different murder, had lived only a mile away from the Silver Lake victim. A semen sample collected from the victim in 1980 produced a match with the suspect's DNA. The jury of five women and seven men agreed that the killing involved the circumstance of murder during the commission of rape. The jury had not been informed that the defendant was currently serving a prison sentence. The court has scheduled his sentencing hearing where he could be sent to prison for life without the possibility of parole.

At the trial, the man's defense attorney argued that his client had engaged in sexual relations with the woman sometime during the five days before her death. He denied that any evidence showed that he had bludgeoned and stabbed the women.

In cases like this, a defense attorney strives to introduce reasonable doubt into jurors' minds. A person charged with violent crimes might want legal advice when deciding between a plea bargain and a standing trial. An attorney's case evaluation might help someone understand how vulnerable the evidence could be to challenges.

A defense attorney may open a dialogue with a prosecutor to discuss the possibility of reducing charges. A prosecutor with limited evidence might be willing to negotiate a plea deal for a less serious criminal charge that carries a lighter penalty.

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    MISDEMEANOR SETTLEMENT

    MISDEMEANOR SETTLEMENT

    2ND DUI

    Misdemeanor on completion of community service - Felony 2nd DUI, under 21 with injury.

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    case dismissed

    CASE REJECTED

    ATTEMPTED MURDER OF POLICE OFFICER

    Los Angeles Arrest Pre-filing representation on Attempted murder of police officer, assault with a deadly weapon upon a police officer.

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    CASE
    REJECTED

    CASE REJECTED

    ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON

    Strike felonies including assault with a deadly weapon - car with great bodily injury.

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    case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CAR ACCIDENT

    Car accident, no license, speeding (filed by Anaheim City Attorney).

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    case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CHILD ENDANGERMENT / CRUELTY

    Penal Code 273a(b) Child endangerment/cruelty.

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    case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CHILD MOLESTATION

    Child molestation: Felony.

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    PROBATION TERMINATED EARLY

    PROBATION TERMINATED EARLY

    COMMERCIAL BURGLARY

    Commercial burglary probation violation: dismissed, no violation found.

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    case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CONTEMPT OF COURT ORDER

    Contempt of court order by a gang member.

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    Case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CSA CASE

    CSA case dismissed.

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