Inglewood man sentences to 25 years to life for the strangulation murder of his wife
Body found in trunk of car
TORRANCE, Calif.—A 52-year-old man was sentenced today to 25 years to life in prison for the 1994 strangulation murder of his wife of eight months, a CIA employee whose body was found in the trunk of her car near LAX.
Andre Jackson was convicted in April of first-degree murder for the slaying of Marie Singleton-Jackson, 33.
Singleton-Jackson, a CIA communications specialist, was last seen alive on Nov. 11, 1994, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Her body was discovered five days later in the trunk of her vehicle, which was parked on Vista Del Mar north of Imperial Highway near Dockweiler State Beach.
The Inglewood Police Department began a homicide investigation in 1994, with Jackson identified as the prime suspect. The FBI also began an investigation based on concerns that her slaying could have been linked to her CIA status.
The FBI eventually concluded her death was not connected to her work, and the investigation went cold until it was re-opened in 2003.
Jackson was arrested in Tempe, Ariz., in 2008 by the FBI’S Fugitive Task Force. Investigators determined that he strangled his wife in their garage on Hazel Street and then put her body in the trunk of her Saab.
TORRANCE - A Long Beach man was ordered today to stand trial on a murder charge stemming from the stabbing death of his former girlfriend's husband in Torrance nearly 25 years ago.
Torrance Superior Court Judge Eric C. Taylor found sufficient evidence to require Janos Kulcsar, 59, to proceed to trial for the Dec. 9, 1985, slaying of Archie McFarland, according to Deputy District Attorney John Lewin.
The 58-year-old office equipment technician was repeatedly stabbed in the driveway of his home on 184th Street.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif.—A Canyon Country man who was sought in connection with the slaying of his wife was found dead on the outskirts of Las Vegas, the result of suicide, authorities said today.
The body of 59-year-old Dusan Klein was discovered by hikers Thursday evening, said Deputy Mark Pope of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
COMPTON, Calif. — Former Compton Fire Department Deputy Chief Marcel Melanson is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on grand theft and arson charges related to a fire at the department’s headquarters.
Melanson is suspected of stealing thousands of dollars worth of Motorola radios, selling them online and intentionally setting the Dec. 11, 2011 fire to destroy evidence of the thefts, Steve Whitmore of the sheriff’s department said.
COMPTON, Calif. — A teenage girl was convicted today of two counts of first-degree murder for her role in the killings of her mother and stepfather in the family’s Compton mobile home.
Jurors deliberated for about four hours before reaching a verdict in the trial of Cynthia Alvarez, 16.
COMPTON, Calif. — A 16-year-old girl charged with murdering her mother and stepfather tearfully told a Compton jury today that she did not take part in the killings and blamed her boyfriend for them.
Cynthia Alvarez testified that she was outside her family’s Compton mobile home when she heard her mother shout her name and later heard her boyfriend, Giovanni Gallardo, call for her, the Los Angeles Times reported.
When she went back inside the home, she found her mother dead, she testified, according to The Times.