Crime & Justice

Jury awards $5.7M to victim of Irvine drug-planting couple

Authorities said the couple had an ongoing feud with Kelli Peters when they planted prescription painkillers, marijuana and a pot pipe in Peters' car in 2011.

Mexico Mafia Leader Parole

Parole recommended for former California Mexican Mafia chief

California parole commissioners are again recommending release for a former leader of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who now helps law enforcement.

California Suburban Slayings

Northridge quadruple killer sentenced to death

Prosecutors say 34-year-old Ka Pasasouk was fueled by drugs and alcohol when he opened fire in 2012 outside a Northridge home in what started as a robbery.

Man charged with murder in Washington may be in Los Angeles

The FBI said in a statement Thursday that 29-year-old Robert Deshawn Grott spent Tuesday night in a downtown L.A. hotel.

Doctor gets 30 years to life for over-prescribing painkillers

Dr. Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng's second-degree murder conviction in October is rare for a doctor. It came after a dozen of her patients died.

2 teens charged with murder of 2 young women at Montecito Heights park

The teens who have been charged are suspected of being gang members, according to the DA's office, and the murders were allegedly gang-related.

Record number of exonerations last year included 5 in California

Nearly 150 people who were falsely convicted of crimes were exonerated last year, 10 more than in 2014, according to a report out Wednesday. The total includes five cases in California.

Former LA Port police chief pleads guilty to tax evasion

In his plea agreement, Ronald Jerome Boyd acknowledged failing to report income he received from the owner of a guard service company that did business with the nation's busiest port complex.

District attorney: SoCal Gas criminal suit could get faster results

The charges against SoCal Gas are for not reporting the Porter Ranch leak immediately and for the continued emissions. The company could be fined $1,000 for every day of the leak.

Judge refuses to throw out sex assault case against Bill Cosby

A judge refused to throw out the sexual assault case against Cosby, sweeping aside a former DA's claim that he granted the comedian immunity from prosecution a decade ago.

LAPD chief: Fatal shooting of unarmed man in Burbank not justified

The shooting occurred last April after police attempted to pull 35-year-old Sergio Navas over for reckless driving.

Adnan Syed of 'Serial' fame appears in court to seek new trial

At Wednesday's hearing, lawyers for the convicted murderer are set to present an alibi witness and inconsistencies in cellphone data — issues with his case that were revealed by the popular podcast.

Robert Durst pleads guilty to gun charge, accepts 7-year sentence

The fugitive New York real estate heir, featured in HBO's six-part documentary "The Jinx," is expected to go on trial for murder this summer in California.

2 LA County deputies convicted of jail beating cover-up

Prosecutors said that in 2009 the deputies choked, struck, kicked and pepper-sprayed handcuffed inmate Bret Phillips and then wrote falsified reports indicating he attacked them.

Man arrested for grand theft — while impersonating a priest

The LAPD arrested 59-year-old Erwin Mena on Tuesday for posing as a Catholic priest — and keeping "church donations" for himself.

LAPD shooting of homeless man was in department policy, panel decides

Charly "Africa" Keunang was shot six times by officers on March 1. The circumstances surrounding his death have been hotly debated.