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News, A Gruesome Beheading Complicates the Grim Sleeper Trial

A Gruesome Beheading Complicates the Grim Sleeper Trial

In January, L.A. County Sheriff's deputies scoured the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Park, seeking a murderer on the run, who had nearly decapitated Robert Brewer, a young traveling buff from Texas, who was found slain at a nondescript motel on South Vermont Avenue. After an unnerving week in which police...…
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News, Features Accused Grim Sleeper Lonnie Franklin Jr. Is the Ringmaster of His Own Murder Trial

Accused Grim Sleeper Lonnie Franklin Jr. Is the Ringmaster of His Own Murder Trial

The last time Donnell Alexander saw his sister Monique was a couple of days before his 25th birthday, on Aug. 27, 1988. The lovable, sometimes rebellious 18-year-old stopped by to see Alexander at their cousins' house in South Los Angeles. This time, she was there to bury the hatchet. The...…
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News, The Chiller Killer

The Chiller Killer

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News, The Informer Miguel Machuca, L.A. Homicide No. 183: 15-year-old boy gunned down in Lincoln Heights

Miguel Machuca, L.A. Homicide No. 183: 15-year-old boy gunned down in Lincoln Heights

A 15-year-old boy was fatally shot in Lincoln Heights August 28. Miguel Machuca was struck in his upper torso. A stray bullet hit an 11-year-old girl in the back. According to police, Miguel Machuca and another male were on bicycles when they were confronted by two other males around 7:30...…
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News, The Informer Jose Arroyo, L.A. Homicide No. 182: Man killed after wedding reception in North Hollywood

Jose Arroyo, L.A. Homicide No. 182: Man killed after wedding reception in North Hollywood

Los Angeles Police Department detectives are looking for the gunman responsible for the killing of 20-year-old Jose Arroyo in North Hollywood August 29. Arroyo, a North Hollywood resident, was found dead around 2:37 a.m. Sunday in the 8400 block of Lankershim Boulevard. He was the victim of a gunshot wound...…
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News, The Informer Juan Antonio Fuentes, L.A. Homicide No. 181: 16-year-old Boy Killed in Gang-Related Shooting in Westlake

Juan Antonio Fuentes, L.A. Homicide No. 181: 16-year-old Boy Killed in Gang-Related Shooting in Westlake

A 16-year-old boy who was killed in an apparent gang-related shooting in the Westlake area August 25 has beeen identified as Juan Antonio Fuentes. The fatal attack occurred in the 11:30 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of West Temple Street and North Union Avenue. According to police reports, Fuentes and...…
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News, The Informer Brandon Lincoln, L.A. Homicide No. 180: Jewelry store owner shoots armed robbers in Wilmington

Brandon Lincoln, L.A. Homicide No. 180: Jewelry store owner shoots armed robbers in Wilmington

A suspect who was fatally shot by a Wilmington jewelry store owner in a robbery gone awry August 18 has been identified as 20-year-old Brandon Lincoln. The store owner also shot another robbery suspect. A third suspect was arrested and a fourth remained at large. The botched robbery attempt occurred...…
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News, The Informer Grim Sleeper Suspect Lonnie Franklin Jr. Pleads Not Guilty

Grim Sleeper Suspect Lonnie Franklin Jr. Pleads Not Guilty

The suspected Grim Sleeper serial killer pleaded not guilty this morning to the murders of 10 women and the attempted murder of another. Lonnie David Franklin Jr., a car mechanic with a long history of car theft, is charged with 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder,...…
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L.A. City Pensioner Lonnie Franklin Jr.

UPDATE: A Lifetime movie featuring LA Weekly reporter Christine Pelisek explores the DNA-based manhunt for the alleged Grim Sleeper. Suspect Lonnie Franklin Jr. is now in jail in L.A., where he is mounting an aggressive defense against charges that he murdered 10 women -- and where he enjoys regular visits...…
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News, The Informer Terence Butler, L.A. Homicide No. 179: Man Fatally Shot in South Los Angeles

Terence Butler, L.A. Homicide No. 179: Man Fatally Shot in South Los Angeles

A man who was gunned down early this morning as he walked in an alley in South Los Angeles has been identified as Terence Butler. Butler, 48, died at the scene. The shooting occurred around 2:20 a.m. in the 1800 block of West 67th Street. No suspects have been arrested...…
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News, The Informer Rene Gurdado, L.A. Homicide No. 178: Man Killed in Gang-Related Shooting in South Los Angeles

Rene Gurdado, L.A. Homicide No. 178: Man Killed in Gang-Related Shooting in South Los Angeles

A man who was killed in a gang-related shooting in South Los Angeles August 14 has been identified as 22-year-old Rene Gurdado. Gurdado was shot as he was standing with friends in front of a house located at 3321 west 66th Street near Crenshaw Boulevard around 2:45 a.m. Saturday. According...…
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News, The Informer Rudolfo Melendez, L.A. Homicide No. 177: Man Fatally Shot in Car in South Los Angeles

Rudolfo Melendez, L.A. Homicide No. 177: Man Fatally Shot in Car in South Los Angeles

A man was found shot to death as he sat in his 1994 Chevy Camaro in South Los Angeles August 14. Rudolfo Melendez, 27, was at a party earlier in the evening with friends before he was shot about 11 p.m. Saturday near Main and 84th streets. Police suspect Melendez...…
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News, The Informer Luis Delgado, L.A. Homicide No. 176: Man Killed in Car-to-Car Shooting in Van Nuys

Luis Delgado, L.A. Homicide No. 176: Man Killed in Car-to-Car Shooting in Van Nuys

Police are looking for the gunman who fatally shot 33-year-old Luis Delgado in Van Nuys August 15. Delgado was killed in a car-to-car shooting around 9:50 p.m. Sunday at Saticoy Street and Gaynor Avenue. Delgado was struck in the chest and died later at a hospital. Police believe the incident...…
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News, The Informer Los Angeles Police Investigating Murder of Activist who worked with Michael Jackson attorney Thomas Mesereau [Updated]

Los Angeles Police Investigating Murder of Activist who worked with Michael Jackson attorney Thomas Mesereau [Updated]

A viewing for Sulema and Jerriell Wilborn will be Saturday, August 14, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the House of Winston 6501 S. Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 16 at "The Wrecking Crew Church," 11250 South Avalon...…
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News, The Informer Perry Young, L.A. Homicide No. 175: Homeless Man Fatally Stabbed in South Los Angeles

Perry Young, L.A. Homicide No. 175: Homeless Man Fatally Stabbed in South Los Angeles

A homeless man was found dead on a sidewalk in South Los Angeles August 9. Perry Young, 47, was stabbed to death, according to detectives. He was discovered lying next to a small market near 27th Street and Maple Avenue. Police have no suspects. Anyone with information about the stabbing...…
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News, The Informer Luis Sevilla, L.A. Homicide No. 174: Man Stabbed to Death inside Hotel Room in Wilmington

Luis Sevilla, L.A. Homicide No. 174: Man Stabbed to Death inside Hotel Room in Wilmington

A 36-year-old man was stabbed to death inside a hotel room in Wilmington August 10. According to police reports, Luis Sevilla was stabbed several times in the chest by his 28-year-old wife Angelina after the couple got into an argument at around 12:40 a.m. Tuesday. After Sevilla was stabbed with...…
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News, The Informer Memorial Service Held for Grim Sleeper Serial Killer Victims

Memorial Service Held for Grim Sleeper Serial Killer Victims

Over 100 people, including family members and Los Angeles Police Department detectives, attended a memorial service last night for the 10 victims of the Grim Sleeper serial killer. The two-hour service also marked the 25th anniversary of the death of cocktail waitress Debra Jackson who was last seen leaving a...…
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News, The Informer Maria Fernanda Reyes, L.A. Homicide No. 173: Woman Found Shot Inside Apartment Identified

Maria Fernanda Reyes, L.A. Homicide No. 173: Woman Found Shot Inside Apartment Identified

A woman who was found shot to death inside her apartment in the Mid-City area August 5 has been identified as 22-year-old Maria Fernanda Reyes. Reyes' boyfriend, Ignacio Perez, is considered to be the main suspect in the murder and is being sought by police. According to law enforcement sources,...…
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News, The Informer Jason Pervis Randle, L.A. Homicide No. 172: Man Ambushed Behind Apartment Building in South L.A.

Jason Pervis Randle, L.A. Homicide No. 172: Man Ambushed Behind Apartment Building in South L.A.

A man who was ambushed behind an apartment building in South Los Angeles August 7 has been identified as 21-year-old Jason Pervis Randle. Randle was confronted and fatally shot by multiple suspects around 10:45 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of 70th and Hoover Streets. He was taken to California Hospital...…
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News, The Informer New Attorney takes over Grim Sleeper Defense

New Attorney takes over Grim Sleeper Defense

A new defense attorney is representing the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer who is accused of a series of killings that spanned two decades. Today, Lonnie Franklin Jr., a car mechanic with a long history of car theft, dismissed two alternate public defenders who were representing him. Franklin's new defense...…
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