Docket No. S004767. Crim. No. 26407.

2 Cal.4th 759 (1992)

831 P.2d 297

9 Cal. Rptr.2d 72

THE PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. STEVEN LIVADITIS, Defendant and Appellant.

Supreme Court of California.

June 18, 1992.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case


Fern M. Laethem, State Public Defender, under appointment by the Court of Appeal, Adrian K. Panton, Chief Assistant State Public Defender, W. Dean Freeman, Patricia L. Reber and Richard D. Marino, Deputy State Public Defenders, for Defendant and Appellant.

Daniel E. Lungren, Attorney General, George Williamson, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Carol Wendelin Pollack, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Susan Lee Frierson and John R. Gorey, Deputy Attorneys General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.



On June 23, 1986, defendant took five hostages during a robbery of the Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. During the next tension-filled thirteen hours he stabbed one of the hostages to death, and fatally shot a second in the head. At the end of that time, the police were able to capture him as he tried to flee the area with the three...

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