Crime & Justice


Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

USC holds memorial for murdered Chinese graduate student


About 300 people came to USC for a memorial service Friday honoring the Chinese graduate student murdered off campus last week.

LAUS Police Car at Mark Twain Middle School

2 LAUSD officers injured in Sun Valley crash

Authorities say two L.A. Unified School District police officers have been seriously injured in a collision involving their patrol car and a dump truck in Sun Valley.


Adoption begins for the 61 dogs found after a Riverside fire


Shady would-be-adopters came forward after 61 Shelties were rescued by Riverside County Animal Services, but one dog is getting the chance to head to a new home.

Campus safety conference convenes blocks away from USC murder site

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck called on campus police departments Friday to engage the community and teach students to take responsibility for their safety.

Alleged preteen 'Slender Man' killer not fit for trial, judge says

One of the 12-year-old girls who allegedly stabbed a classmate to make Internet meme "Slender Man" happy has been ruled mentally incompetent and unable to stand trial.

South LA serial killer sentenced to death — again

Chester D. Turner, who is already on death row for murdering 10 women, was sentenced Friday for four more murders.

Bell scandal: Last of 7 officials to be sentenced gets 1 year in jail

Former Bell City Councilman Victor Bello's sentencing brings to an end a string of criminal cases in the corruption scandal that rocked the town in southeast Los Angeles County.

LAPD searching for gun that fell off police cycle

Officials say the gun's locking mechanism broke and the gun fell off Thursday near South Vermont Avenue and West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Slain USC student's parents grieve son's death

The parents of a Chinese USC graduate student who was beaten to death arrived in the U.S. and broke down in tears after seeing their son's body at a funeral home.

Feds stage massive raid on El Monte Flores gang

According to the US Attorney's Office, El Monte Flores is an older gang in the region, with an estimated 800 members and a history of targeting African Americans.

Cocos Fire update: Judge orders psych evaluation for wildfire suspect

The girl briefly appeared in juvenile court Wednesday on allegations she intentionally started a fire that destroyed 36 homes and one business north of San Diego in May.

USC murder: Friends of victim, suspects flood courtroom

Friends and family of the victim and suspects flooded the courtroom where four teens accused of beating to death a USC graduate student from China appeared Tuesday.

Man convicted of murdering Iraq War vet roommate Maribel Ramos

A 55-year-old was convicted of second-degree murder Tuesday for killing his roommate, an Iraq War veteran who was missing for two weeks before her body was found.

LA supervisors postpone vote on $20M proposal to divert mentally ill from jail (updated)

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a $20 million proposal for diverting offenders with mental illness out of jail.

Husband arrested in death of LA Clippers player's aunt

Police say Michael Williams is suspected of fatally stabbing his wife, Tanganyika Williams, who is the aunt of Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes.

LAPD identifies suspects in murder of USC student from China

Los Angeles police have arrested four suspects in connection with the beating death of USC graduate student Xinran Ji near campus.