MENENDEZES MARK SIXTH YEAR IN JAIL.
Byline: Anne Burke Daily News Staff Writer
As a jury deliberates murder charges against them, Lyle and Erik Menendez Joseph Lyle (Lyle) Menendez (born January 10, 1968) and brother Erik Galen (Erik) Menendez (born November 27, 1971) were convicted in a highly publicized trial for the shotgun murders of their parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez, residents of Beverly Hills, California. prepare to mark personal milestones - six years behind bars at the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County jail.
Before their March 1990 arrests in the shotgun slayings of their wealthy parents, Lyle and Erik Menendez zipped around town in fast cars and jetted around the world on the junior tennis circuit.
Now, as they await verdicts in their second trial, home is in a "high-power" module in the Men's Central Jail downtown - reserved for celebrities, snitches and anybody else who needs to be segregated from the general population, said Joseph Koch, senior deputy with the Sheriff Department's legal staff.
Their cells are spartan, just a bed, sink, toilet and ceiling light. Lyle's walls are decorated with a dozen or so personal snapshots and a picture of a bird.
It's not easy to get to know the neighbors in high-power, Koch said. There are no group activities and little opportunity to socialize so·cial·ize
v. so·cial·ized, so·cial·iz·ing, so·cial·iz·es
1. To place under government or group ownership or control.
2. To make fit for companionship with others; make sociable. , he said.
The brothers take their meals alone in their cells, where they also watch the hallway television. Other than that - except when they're in court, as they have been since October - they pass the time reading, talking on the telephone, writing letters, working out or talking to Noun 1. talking to - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval - an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to visitors.
Lyle was 22 when he was arrested March 8, 1990. Erik was 19 when he turned himself in three days later.
With the passing of time, the brothers have matured, said William Vicary, a psychiatrist who has treated Erik for many years.
"They're dramatically different because of all the counseling and the isolation and the opportunity to think over their lives, why they did what they did," Vicary said.
The brothers are seeking manslaughter manslaughter, homicide committed without justification or excuse but distinguished from murder by the absence of the element of malice aforethought. Modern criminal statutes usually divide it into degrees, the most common distinction being between voluntary and verdicts in the Aug. 20, 1989, shotgun slayings of their father, Jose, 45, a wealthy entertainment executive, and acquittal The legal and formal certification of the innocence of a person who has been charged with a crime.
Acquittals in fact take place when a jury finds a verdict of not guilty. in the killing of their mother, Kitty, 47. Their first trial ended in deadlock See deadly embrace.
(parallel, programming) deadlock - A situation where two or more processes are unable to proceed because each is waiting for one of the others to do something. .
Prosecutors, who are seeking the death penalty, contend the brothers killed to win their independence and inherit To receive property according to the state laws of intestate succession from a decedent who has failed to execute a valid will, or, where the term is applied in a more general sense, to receive the property of a decedent by will.
inherit v. their parents' $14 million fortune.
The brothers claim they killed out of fear and anger following years of physical, psychological and sexual abuse.
Never mind that the brothers' chief prosecutor, David P. Conn, calls them cold-blooded killers, Koch said the brothers are "always polite" to him.
Erik, who not too long ago earned Brownie points Brownie points are a hypothetical currency, which can be accrued by doing good deeds or earning favour in the eyes of another, often one's superior. Conjectures for etymology
The Oxford English Dictionary wiping tables and mopping floors, gets along well with his jailers, Vicary said.
"He's a less threatening, naive kind of guy," Vicary said. "Some of them even feel sorry for him."
Lyle does all right, sheriff's officials said, but there have been a few problems.
In November, Lyle spent time in "the hole" for hoarding jail jumpsuits, sheets and other items, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. a source. The hole is a cell with no privileges - phones, TV or exercise yard.
In 1991, prosecutors claim jailers found an elaborate escape plan, containing mention of foreign hideaways, in Lyle's cell.
Defense attorneys claim the documents are nothing more than Lyle's fantasy about what he would do as a free man.
Lyle also got into trouble for sneaking food from the snack cart, a source said.
Depending on the jury's verdicts - assuming there are any - and the outcome of a possible penalty phase, the brothers could be off to state prison, Death Row or home, wherever that is. (Their parents' Elm Drive mansion has been sold.)
Their departure will mean the end of a long acquaintance for Koch and the brothers. Will he miss them?
"Not in the classical sense," he said. But "I'll remember them."