September 19, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Man Convicted Of Stabbing Homeless Person In Santa Monica As They Slept:

A 40-year-old man was convicted Tuesday of stabbing three homeless people as they slept in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Hollywood.

The Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated about an hour before finding Courtney Anthony Robinson guilty of three counts of attempted murder for the attacks that occurred in the summer of 2012.

Men were attacked on July 3 in downtown Los Angeles and July 17 in Santa Monica, and on a woman was targeted on July 19 in Hollywood.

Jurors found true allegations that Robinson acted willfully, deliberately and with premeditation, that he personally used a knife in the commission of the crimes, and that two of the victims suffered great bodily injury.

Judge Henry J. Hall ordered jurors to return to court Wednesday morning for the second phase of trial, in which the panel will be asked to determine if Robinson was sane or insane at the time of the crimes.

In his closing argument, Deputy District Attorney Ian Phan told jurors that Robinson admitted to a police detective that he intended to kill the victims.

The prosecutor said so-called “death warrants” found at the crime scenes were typed and appeared to have been prepared ahead of time.

“He didn’t just scribble a death warrant on the spot,” the prosecutor said.

Robinson’s attorney, Thomas Summers, countered that the jury had heard about “delusions … (that) are the opposite of carefully weighing for or against his choices.”

“He was convinced that he was acting on the orders of God,” the defense attorney said in urging jurors to reject the allegation that Robinson acted willfully, deliberately and with premeditation.

Robinson, who had recently arrived in Los Angeles from the Santa Barbara area, called 911 and surrendered to police on July 20, 2012, after seeing his face on “wanted” fliers distributed around Los Angeles.

in News
Related Posts

4.6 Quake Felt in Santa Monica

September 19, 2020

September 19, 2020

4.6 magnitude quake recorded Friday night By Sam Catanzaro A 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck the San Gabriel Valley Friday sending...

Edify TV: Miramar Santa Monica Redevelopment

September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

The Santa Monica skyline may look different in the future with a major redevelopment of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel &...

‘Fresh Prince Of Bel Air’ Mansion For Rent On AirBnb

September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

Today on Westside Cribz, 30th anniversary of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” Airbnb is renting out the mansion for...

SMMUSD Kindergarten Enrollment Down 20% : Santa Monica Beat – September, 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * SMMUSD Kindergarten Enrollment Down 20% * As Covid-19 Cases Drop Will...

Edify TV: Sit-down Dining Safety?

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Despite a recent CDC report stating the risks of in-person dining, many Westside restaurant patrons feel the experience is safe....

Sur La Table Closing Santa Monica Location

September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

1930s building listed for lease By Sam Catanzaro Sur La Table, the popular kitchenware retail chain, is closing its downtown...

Death by Suicide at Santa Monica Place

September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

Man dies by suicide Wednesday morning By Sam Catanzaro A man died by suicide at Santa Monica Place mall Wednesday....

Santa Monica Partners With Local Elementary Schools to Provide More Outdoor Spaces

September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

Playground Partnership agreement goes live By Toi Creel The City of Santa Monica and local schools are working together to...

Charges Filed Against Man for Sexually Assaulting Elderly Victims

September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

Juan Victor Mendoza faces four felony charges Prosecutors have filed charges against a man for sexually assaulting elderly victims at...

COVID-19 Continues to Decrease in County but Air Quality Reducing Testing

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

Smoke advisory in effect through Wednesday By Sam Catanzaro While COVID-19 cases continue to decrease in Los Angeles County, health...

Edify TV: Westsiders Working out Amid Poor Air Quality

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

With poor air quality due to wildfire smoke, local health officials are urging the public to avoid outdoor activity but...

COVID-19 Could Have Been in Area as Early as Last December

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

UCLA study reports significant increase in coughs and acute respiratory failure prior to first official cases of COVID-19 By Sam...

Willy California Wants Men to Rethink Their Closet

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

Local clothing line reimagines athleisure By Toi Creel With ranges in styles for men’s clothing from suits and professional clothing...

Police Searching For Robbery Suspects: Santa Monica Beat – September, 14, 2020

September 14, 2020

September 14, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Police Searching For Robbery Suspects * Should School Board Representatives Have...