A man was convicted April 7 of starting a deadly fire at a Pasadena boarding house that killed two men in 2012, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Jurors deliberated for less than an hour before finding Garth Allen Robbins guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Cliff Juan Clark, 56, and Paul Richard Boyd, 75. They also found true the special circumstances of multiple murders and murder in the commission of arson of an inhabited structure.
Robbins, 54, set the house ablaze about 2 a.m. on Nov. 1, 2012, while 17 people were asleep inside. Prosecutors say he first doused his room in gasoline before setting it on fire.
The property, which was zoned for single-family use, was operating as a boarding house in violation of local codes, according to officials.
Robbins and 15 others residents escaped. Clark ...
De Marco Rankin, a 32-year-old black man, was shot and killed Wednesday, April 19, in the 2900 block of Stocker Plaza in Leimert Park, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 2:20 p.m., Rankin was sitting in the front passenger seat of a silver Ford pickup at 8th Avenue and Stocker Plaza when a dark-colored sedan pulled up, Los Angeles Police Det. Dave Garrido said.
A black man exited the vehicle, approached the truck and fired multiple shots into the vehicle, Garrido said.
Rankin, who got out of the truck and collapsed a short distance away, was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:30 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Warren C. Bood, a 27-year-old black man, was shot and killed Wednesday, April 19, in the 7600 block of South San Pedro Street in Florence, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 6:25 p.m., Bood was standing at East 76th and South San Pedro streets when a minivan pulled up, Los Angeles Police Det. Dave Garrido said. “Words were exchanged,” Garrido said, and the vehicle continued on.
Bood then crossed the street and entered a business. He exited and walked back across the street. At that time, a Latino walked around the corner and opened fire at Bood, Garrido said.
Bood was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:10 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Gang Homicide Division at (323) 786-5113. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime ...
Antonio Cornwell, a 23-year-old black man, was shot and killed Friday, April 14, near South Sepulveda Boulevard and National Boulevard in Palms, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
About 8 p.m., officers from the LAPD's Pacific Division responded to a call of a shooting in the parking lot of a CVS, according to a news release from the department.
Officers found Cornwell in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds, police said.
Cornwell was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:12 p.m., according to coroner's records.
Witnesses told police that the shooter, a man with an olive complexion, fled in a small, dark SUV.
Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD's West Bureau at (213) 382-9470. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Mark Anthony Areas, a 21-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Thursday, April 13, in the 3500 block of Lanfranco Street in Boyle Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 12:30 a.m., residents in the area heard gunfire and called police, Los Angeles Police Det. Jose Ramirez said.
When police arrived, they found Areas in the street, unresponsive.
Areas was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:49 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
Anyone with information can call Ramirez at (323) 342-8964. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Lester Scott Virgil was a coach and mentor to his family and friends, a man who brought people together and helped them meet their goals.
Now Virgil’s loved ones have a new goal — finding the man who killed the 45-year-old Los Angeles International Airport operations supervisor in front of his young son and friends on Aug. 5, 2016. And they’re hoping a $10,000 reward from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will encourage someone to come forward with a name.
“You have to keep in mind that my brother was the main man in our family,” Johnny Virgil said before Wednesday’s news conference announcing the reward. “He was the guy everybody waited for when we had our get-togethers. He was our man, our guy, with his big hearty laugh. ... He was the glue for everybody.”
On the day he died, Virgil was focused on ...
A Huntington Park man was convicted of murder Tuesday in the death of his girlfriend’s baby.
After a day of deliberations, jurors found Lamar Ahmad Tatum, 27, guilty of second-degree murder and one count of assault resulting in the death of a child for throwing 1-year-old Majesty Lyles against a wall in February 2015.
In the second row of benches in the courtroom, Majesty’s father, Alvin Lyles, relaxed and leaned back after the verdict was read. His wife silently clapped as the clerk confirmed the maximum sentence: 25 years to life. Several jurors gave the couple looks of sympathy and thumbs up as people filed out of the courtroom.
“I am just so relieved that justice was served and this is all over,” Alvin Lyles said. “Lamar [Tatum] didn’t even look the least bit remorseful. But it doesn’t matter, it’s official.”
In the two-day trial ...
Luis Umberto Martinez, a 26-year-old Latino, died Tuesday, April 11, after he was stabbed in the 1600 block of Del Amo Boulevard in Harbor Gateway, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
At 4:50 p.m. April 10, Martinez was walking west on Del Amo Boulevard when a person approached and stabbed him once in the abdomen, Los Angeles Police Det. Julie Scruggs said.
Martinez was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:50 a.m. April 11, according to coroner's records.
Scruggs said Martinez lived in the area. Detectives do not have a description of the assailant.
Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD's Harbor Division detectives at (310) 726-7888. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.