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Stanton, California / Runnion Murder / The Law #706215

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jul 22, 2002
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles: David Wright) The processing through the legal system of Alejandro Avila, who is charged with the kidnap/murder of five-year-old Samantha Runnion of Stanton, California, featured; scenes shown. [Orange County superior court Judge Gary PAER†- reads the kidnap/murder charges.] [Orange County district attorney Tony RACKAUCKAS†- comments on the legal options.] [Southwestern University Law School professor Robert PUGSLEY†- predicts they will seek the death penalty.] [Young eyewitness Sarah AHN††- describes what happened.] [Whittier College psychology department professor Lorinda CAMPARO†- raises the unknowns about a child witness.]

Gibson, Charles;
Wright, David

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