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FBI Ten Most Wanted fugitive Jose Luis Saenz captured in Mexico


Alleged murderer Joe Luis Saenz has been captured by the FBI.

Jose "Joe" Luis Saenz, a reputed drug cartel associate wanted for four murders in Los Angeles, was captured in Mexico on Thursday and flown back to Los Angeles Friday night, according to the FBI.

Arrested Thursday afternoon in Guadalajara, Mexico, Saenez reportedly told journalists that he was "not guilty for life" as he was placed in a car.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told KPCC that  the 37-year-old Saenz is being held in local custody, and that the LAPD and the LA Sheriff's Department have murder cases against him. She said officials will reveal more details at an FBI-LAPD-LASD news conference on Monday, but for now, "there are several details we're sorting out in terms of how much can be said." 

Eimiller said  the FBI worked with Mexican police agencies to arrest Saenz, who had been on the run since 1998. She said the operation lasted several days, and that authorities took Saenz into custody without incident. 


Teenager stabbed to death, 31-year-old man on a bike arrested for murder

Garden Grove Police

Jose Gil booking photo

Police are asking for details from anyone who witnessed a scuffle Friday night that lead to the stabbing death of a 16-year old boy.

Garden Grove police said in a statement that the teenager and another friend saw 31-year-old Jose Gil riding a bicycle and got into a car to confront him over a previous dispute.

A fight broke out and the unnamed teen was stabbed. Gil and the teenagers both called police after the brawl to report the incident, Garden Grove Police Lt. Jeff Nightengale said in the statement.

After being rushed to the hospital, the knifed teen died early Saturday morning. Gil, a Garden Grove resident, was arrested for murder.

Garden Grove Police detectives and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office are working together on the case. The investigation is continuing. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact Investigator Reynolds at (714) 741-5800.


O.J. Simpson's lawyer tampered with 'bloody glove,' claims former prosecutor Darden

Associated Press

O.J. Simpson struggling to put on the infamous bloody glove in court.

"If it doesn't fit, you must acquit," Johnnie Cochran memorably rhymed during the closing statement of his successful defense of accused murder O.J. Simpson.

Cochran was referring to what he called "the defining moment" of the trial. That portion of the notorious trial when then-Los Angeles deputy district attorney Christopher Darden asked Simpson to put on the Aris Isotoner gloves found on the USC star's grounds the night his ex-wife was murdered along with her friend Ron Goldman.

The gloves didn't fit. Simpson was acquitted.

Now, nearly 17 years after his side lost the case, Darden is claiming that Cochran tampered with the key evidence moments before the NFL legend struggled, on live television, to slip on the gloves.

"I think Johnnie tore the lining. There were some additional tears in the lining so that O.J.'s fingers couldn't go all the way up into the glove," Darden said during a panel discussion about the trial Thursday, reports Reuters.


Death penalty deliberation to begin in triple murder case

Judge's gavel court

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A jury will decide whether or not to recommend the death penalty for an insurance salesman convicted of fatally shooting three people -- a woman, her 2-year-old son, and a nanny at a Los Angeles apartment in May 2003. Deliberation is expected to begin Monday.

Prosecutors, who have not provided a motive for the triple killing, say 53-year-old Robin Kyu Cho shot the child and his nanny as they were in a bathtub, and then shot the mother as she walked into the apartment. 

Last week, Cho was convicted of murder with special circumstances. Latex gloves found at the scene provided DNA evidence linking him to the attack, say prosecutors.

It took Los Angeles police detectives six years to track down the killer, notes KPCC's Frank Stoltze. Cho, it turned out, lived three floors below the victims in the same 150-unit Miracle Mile apartment complex.


Police hunt for chiropractor Robert Rainey’s killer as brother eulogizes ‘gentle man’


A screenshot of Dr. Robert Rainey, killed May 31 in his office in Palms.

Authorities say they are still looking for clues in the brutal murder of Culver City chiropractor Robert Rainey, found beaten to death in his Venice Boulevard office on May 31.

That morning at around 8:15 a.m., a patient coming in for a scheduled appointment found Rainey, 54, on the floor of his office with his jaw crushed and teeth smashed in, police said.

LAPD detectives believe he was killed sometime between 7 and 8 a.m., and are now combing through surveillance footage from the area -- although not all of the cameras were operational at the time of the murder, NBC reports

Meanwhile, Rainey’s brother, L.A. Times media writer Jim Rainey, has written a moving tribute to his brother which he posted on his Facebook page.

In it he gave details on his brother’s life, accomplishments and character -- describing him, for example, as a wine connoisseur and “something of a health nut.”