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Notable Cases in the History of the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office


1988 People v. Larry David Davis

Death penalty sentence imposed on rapist and murderer Larry David Davis

In 1988, the defendant sexually assaulted a 27-year-old female at night in the Oxnard/Port Hueneme area. She escaped and called police, but the defendant got away before police arrived. A short time later, Davis saw Dawn Holman, 20, in front of a grocery store in Oxnard.

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1985 People v. George Zack

Tried and convicted of murder twice, George Zack sentenced to 25 years-to-life

In January of 1982, the badly beaten body of Theresa Felton was discovered in her car adjacent to her residence at the Dakota Apartments in Ventura. George Zack, a former boyfriend, became a prime suspect when investigators were able to match a bloody heel print from the scene of the crime with boots Zack had owned.

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1958 People v. Elizabeth Duncan

A mother-in-law’s murder for hire scheme results in death penalty for all three participants

On December 21, 1958, Elizabeth “Ma” Duncan hired Lewis Estrada Moya and Augustine Baldonado to murder her daughter-in-law, Olga Duncan. Moya and Baldonado kidnapped and buried her alive in a shallow grave along Highway 150 in Ventura County.

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