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."
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.
December 2, 1999
Paul M. Anderson GLENDALE -- Prosecutors will announce next week whether they will keep pursuing the death penalty for a Glendale man convicted of killing his wife and six children in 1996. Jorjik Avanesian was convicted in July of setting his apartment on fire and killing his wife, Turan, and their six children, Roobina, 17; Rita, 16; Ranica, 9; Rodrik, 8; Romik, 6; and Roland, 4. But a jury deadlocked 6-6 on whether to recommend the death penalty.
January 28, 2005
Jackson Bell The 25-year-old man accused of causing a commuter train wreck that killed 11 and injured more than 180 Wednesday will face murder charges, prosecutors said, but his first court appearance was delayed Thursday for medical reasons. Juan Manuel Alvarez of Compton parked his Jeep Cherokee on the train tracks near Chevy Chase Drive in an apparent suicide attempt early Wednesday morning but changed his mind and left the SUV on the track, police said.
September 1, 2005
Efforts to appoint a new lawyer for Juan Manuel Alvarez, accused of 11 counts of murder in connection with the January Metrolink train derailment, were postponed Wednesday until Sept. 27, according to a Los Angeles court clerk. Prosecutors announced Friday that they would seek the death penalty against the 25-year-old construction worker from Compton, who is also charged with arson. Alvarez allegedly parked his 1993 Jeep Cherokee on the train tracks near Chevy Chase Drive and doused it with gasoline, causing the three-train wreck Jan. 26 that killed 11 people and injured nearly 200 others.
February 26, 2000
Paul M. Anderson GLENDALE -- The mother and brother of Jeanette Cohen will try to persuade a Superior Court judge to not let her alleged murderer escape the death penalty. Cohen's mother, Yolanda Roeber; her son, Ron Cohen; and her husband, Devon Roeber, planned to write a letter to L.A. Superior Court Judge James M. Ideman today, asking him not to throw out allegations that Anthony Roy Shivers tortured Jeanette Cohen. Ideman said Thursday he planned to grant a motion by Shivers' defense attorney throwing out the torture allegation because prosecutors hadn't proved their case.
December 8, 1999
Paul M. Anderson PASADENA -- Prosecutors were expected to announce Tuesday whether they would continue seeking the death penalty for a Glendale man convicted of killing his wife and six children in 1996. But the Pasadena Court hearing was rescheduled to Dec. 16 as prosecutors continue deciding whether to seek the ultimate punishment for Jorjik Avanesian. "We haven't made a final decision on whether or not we're going to retry on the penalty phase so (Tuesday's hearing)
December 30, 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.
May 20, 2005
1981: Former California Gov. Ronald Reagan becomes the 40th U.S. president 1983: Glendale resident Angelo Buono, the so-called Hillside Strangler, is sentenced to life in prison 1985: Mitchell Sims, a disgruntled former Domino's Pizza employee from South Carolina, kills a pizza deliveryman; Sims is sentenced to the death penalty in September 1987 1986: Larry Zarian is the first Armenian elected mayor of Glendale ...