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Opening statements begin in studio executive murder trial

Angered over his wife’s repeated dalliances with a 20th Century Fox distribution executive, a spurned husband tracked down the amorous couple during a late-night rendezvous and beat the man to death in his Mercedes-Benz in 2012, nearly two years after threatening the man’s children he was going to kill their father, a prosecutor told jurors yesterday. “That threat that he made to the two sons was ... a downpayment to murder,” Deputy District Attorney Bobby Grace said in his opening statement in the trial of John Creech, who is accused of killing 57-year-old Gavin Smith, who was missing for 2 1/2 years before his body was found in the Antelope Valley in 2014.