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Death penalty is ruled out for elderly in murder case

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The decision means that Helen Louise Golay, 76, and Olga Rutterschmidt, 74, could each face a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of Kenneth McDavid and Paul Vados. McDavid, 50, was run over in an alley in the 1200 block of Westwood Boulevard in Westwood on June 21, 2005, while Vados, 73, was run over in an alley in the 300 block of North La Brea Avenue in Hollywood on Nov. 8, 1999. The women, who are jailed without bail, are charged with two counts each of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Golay and Rutterschmidt also face special circumstance allegations of murder for financial gain and multiple murders. At a hearing in March, a state investigator testified that Golay was paid more than $1.8 million in connection with insurance policies the defendants took out on the two men, and that Rutterschmidt received more than $922,000. The women, who had earlier waived their presence for routine court proceedings, did not appear in court for Wednesday’s hearing. Golay’s attorney, Roger Jon Diamond, told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David S. Wesley that his client needs thermal underwear. “Every time I see her, that’s all she talks about,” Diamond told the judge, noting that in jail she is “so uncomfortable she can’t sleep.” Wesley said Golay will need to see a doctor and get a doctor’s order in order to get thermal underwear. Attorneys are due back in court Nov. 29 for a pretrial hearing, with the trial tentatively scheduled to begin Jan. 17. Deputy District Attorney Shellie Samuels said she expects the case to take about three weeks.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COURTS: Women are accused of killing men to collect life insurance. By Terri Vermeulen Keith CITY NEWS SERVICE The prosecution announced Wednesday it will not seek the death penalty against two women accused of killing two homeless men they befriended in order to collect more than $2.8 million from life insurance policies. last_img read more

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