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20070322: '60 Freeway' serial killer sentenced to death CA Los Angeles Serial Killer News
A man convicted of the ''60 Freeway Slayer'' serial murders was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing six prostitutes whose bodies were found in cities along the freeway route east of Los Angeles.

There was ''overwhelming'' evidence that Ivan J. Hill murdered the women, Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler said.

''Each of these victims was stalked, if you will,'' the judge said.

Hill, a 45-year-old former forklift operator, was convicted Nov. 17 of six counts of first-degree murder for killings committed in 1993 and 1994. He was charged in 2003 after DNA evidence linked him to the killings while he was serving time in state prison for unrelated crimes.

At trial, jurors heard a recorded telephone call to a police dispatcher in which Hill acknowledged killing a woman and said her body was in an Ontario park. In a second call, he warned: ''Y'all better catch me before I kill again.''

At his sentencing, Hill listened intently as family members of the victims condemned him.

''I can never forgive you and I will never forget,'' said Toni Goldsmith, who was 15 when her mother, Donna L. Goldsmith, 35, of Montclair, was strangled.

''I hate you. I hope you rot in hell,'' Toni Goldsmith's daughter, Precious, told Hill. ''... You look as if there's no hurt in you.''

Hill was asked by the judge if he had anything to say but replied, ''No, your honor.''

In addition to Goldsmith, Hill was convicted of killing Roxanne Bates, 31, of Montclair; Helen Ruth Hill, 36, of Pomona; Cheryl Sayers, 34, of Ontario; Betty Sue Harris, 37, of Pomona; and Debra Denise Brown, 33, of Los Angeles.

The judge rejected a defense request to reduce the sentence to life in prison without opportunity of parole.

''I acknowledge the gravity of these crimes. I acknowledge the number of these crimes,'' attorney Jennifer Friedman said.

However, she said Hill was shaped by abuse he suffered as a child.

The defense has said Hill also saw his father shoot his mother to death on Christmas Day in 1968.

Deputy District Attorney John Monaghan countered that the killings were ''well-thought out acts by Mr. Hill.''

''We may not ever understand why he did what he did. But we do know the result of what he did,'' the prosecutor said.

The judge noted the abuse but said it was not enough of a mitigating circumstance to save Hill's life. Prosecutors had said he was suspected of several other killings for which he was not charged.

The judge noted that Hill's criminal history included robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. He was serving time in state prison for those crimes when he was charged with the killings.

 

20070321: Convicted Serial Killer Sentenced to Death for Murdering Six Women CA Los Angeles Serial Killer News

A man convicted of the "60 Freeway Slayer" serial murders has been sentenced to death for killing six prostitutes whose bodies were found in cities along the freeway route east of Los Angeles.

There was "overwhelming" evidence that Ivan J. Hill murdered the women, Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler said.

"Each of these victims was stalked, if you will," the judge said.

Hill, a 45-year-old former forklift operator, was convicted Nov. 17 of six counts of first-degree murder for killings committed in 1993 and 1994. He was charged in 2003 after DNA evidence linked him to the killings while he was serving time in state prison for unrelated crimes.

At trial, jurors heard a recorded telephone call to a police dispatcher in which Hill acknowledged killing a woman and said her body was in an Ontario park. In a second call, he warned: "Y'all better catch me before I kill again."

At his sentencing, Hill listened intently as family members of the victims condemned him.

"I can never forgive you and I will never forget," said Toni Goldsmith, who was 15 when her mother, Donna L. Goldsmith, 35, of Montclair, was strangled.

"I hate you. I hope you rot in hell," Toni Goldsmith's daughter, Precious, told Hill. "... You look as if there's no hurt in you."

Hill was asked by the judge if he had anything to say but replied, "No, your honor."

In addition to Goldsmith, Hill was convicted of killing Roxanne Bates, 31, of Montclair; Helen Ruth Hill, 36, of Pomona; Cheryl Sayers, 34, of Ontario; Betty Sue Harris, 37, of Pomona and Debra Denise Brown, 33, of Los Angeles.

The judge rejected a defense request to reduce the sentence to life in prison without opportunity of parole.

"I acknowledge the gravity of these crimes. I acknowledge the number of these crimes," attorney Jennifer Friedman said.

However, she said Hill had been badly abused as a child and those experiences shaped the person he became. The defense has said Hill also saw his father shoot his mother to death on Christmas Day in 1968.

Deputy District Attorney John Monaghan countered that the killings were "well-thought out acts by Mr. Hill."

"We may not ever understand why he did what he did. But we do know the result of what he did," the prosecutor said.

The judge noted the abuse but said it was not enough of a mitigating circumstance to save Hill's life. Prosecutors had said he was suspected of several other killings for which he was not charged.

The judge noted that Hill's criminal history included robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. He was serving time in state prison for those crimes when he was charged with the killings.

 

 

20061117: Serial killer convicted of first-degree murder CA San Francisco Serial Killer News

A serial killer nicknamed the "60 Freeway Slayer" could face the death penalty after being convicted Friday in the 1993 and 1994 strangulation murders of six women.

A Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated for about three days before finding Ivan Hill, 45, guilty of first-degree murder. He was also found guilty of special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and having a prior murder conviction.

The same jury was scheduled to begin the penalty phase Nov. 29.

Hill was convicted of killing Roxanne Bates, 31, of Montclair; Helen Ruth Hill, 36, of Pomona; Donna L. Goldsmith, 35, of Montclair; Cheryl Sayers, 34, of Ontario; Betty Sue Harris, 37, of Pomona and Debra Denise Brown, 33, of Los Angeles.

The case drew its name from the 60 Freeway, also known as the Pomona Freeway. Bodies were found in communities along the route running from Los Angeles County eastward into San Bernardino County.

During trial, the defense acknowledged Hill killed the women, but disputed the prosecution's claim the slayings were premeditated.

Defense attorney Mitchell Bruckner unsuccessfully sought to get Hill convicted of lesser charges of second-degree murder. He told jurors that Hill's drug use contributed to his compulsive acts.

The jury saw photos of the victims and heard a recording of Hill's calls to police, in which he told a 911 dispatcher he "did it again."

"Y'all better catch me before I kill again," he said in another call.

Hill was charged with the killings in November 2003 after being linked by DNA. At the time he was in prison for robbery, attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, and was set to be released in February 2004. He was convicted in August 1989 for a murder in Los Angeles County.

 

20061024: Trial of Admitted Freeway Serial Killer Begins in California CA Los Angeles Serial Killer News
The voice on the phone taunted police, "better catch me before I kill again," and described the location where officers could find the body. Jurors listened to the recordings in court Monday as Deputy District Attorney John Monaghan gave his opening statements in serial murder trial of Ivan Hill , who is charged with killing six women in 1993 and 1994 and dumping their bodies along the Pomona Freeway. Hill, 45, acknowledges placing the calls, and his defense attorney acknowledges that Hill killed the women. But defense attorney Jennifer Friedman disputes the prosecution's claim that he killed them intentionally, which would make him eligible for the death penalty. "Compulsive acts are not deliberate acts. ... They're not done after careful thought and weighing," Friedman told the jury. "Look at those killings. Listen to that phone call." Prosecutors say one victim was strangled by hand and the other five had ligatures around their necks, which Monaghan said indicated Hill planned the killings. In the recording of Hill's phone call to police, he was heard telling a 911 dispatcher he "did it again" and describing the location where he dumped the body. "I did, um, what's this, number five or six, I forget, but she's out there," Hill said. In a second call, he asked why it was taking so long for officers to reach the scene. "Y'all better catch me before I kill again," he said. Hill was linked to the victim by DNA testing and charged in November 2003. At the time, he was in prison for robbery, attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, and had been set to be released in three months.
 


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