Lyle Menendez has spent the past 27 years in prison, where he is expected to remain for the rest of his life. All rights reserved. Erik, left, and Lyle, right, are pictured in this undated photo together with their father Jose, who was a successful Cuban-American business executive.
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After 15 years in prison, the convicted killer speaks about life and love behind bars. After 15 often-hellish years behind bars, convicted killer Erik Menendez speaks to PEOPLE about life in prison, coming to grips with the crime he committed, and falling in love with Tammi — a pen pal who later became his wife. Menendez and his brother Lyle, 37, children of privilege living in Beverly Hills, were convicted of one of the signature crimes of the last 20 years: the gruesome shotgun slaying of their mother, Kitty, and their entertainment-executive father, Jose — carried out, it appeared, so that the boys could inherit the family fortune sooner rather than later.
Both brothers were convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Los Angeles Daily News file photo. This is a copy photo of Jose E. The Menendez house in Calabasas.
As one jury deliberated the fate of Lyle Menendez, closing arguments in the case of Erik Menendez began with both prosecution and defense making much of photos taken of a bloodied Jose and Kitty Menendez, shot to death Aug. Lester Kuriyama said, tacking up half a dozen gory pictures. They have tried to place the victims on trial.
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On the evening of August 20,with bowls of strawberries and ice cream in their laps, entertainment magnate Jose Menendez and his wife, Kitty, were watching television in the den of their Beverly Hills mansion. Unexpectedly, their sons Lyle and Eric allegedly burst through the door with gauge shotguns, killing their parents. Bizarre as it may sound, this bloody "fact" would be the least disputed feature of one of the most controversial court battles of the decade.
Erik and Lyle Menendez were on trial for double murder in The two young men and their two middle-aged victims were not celebrities, but they were wealthy, lived in Beverly Hills, and had ties to the movie business. The brothers loaded and reloaded their gauge Mossberg shotguns 14 times in the TV room of the family mansion at North Elm Drive.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on June 19,the people of the State of California will move this court to rule that two photographs that were presented in the first trial depicting the defendants in the nude be excluded in the retrial because this evidence cannot be properly authenticated, is lacking in relevance, and is more prejudicial than probative under Evidence Code section In the first trial of this matter the defendants introduced into evidence an envelope exhibit containing a set of negatives exhibit made from a single roll of film. They also introduced the proof sheet of these negatives as well as prints of these negatives exhibits through