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Costa Mesa man found guilty of 1979 cold-case murder in Torrance

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A Los Angeles Superior Court jury on Thursday convicted a 62-year-old Costa Mesa man of first-degree murder in the 1979 cold-case killing of a nurse in Torrance.

Douglas Bradford shook his head but showed little emotion as the jury read the guilty verdict. He faces a sentence of 26 years to life in prison when he returns to court Oct. 10.

Lynn Knight, a 28-year-old nurse from Canada, was found brutally slain in her Torrance apartment on Aug. 30, 1979. The killer used a homemade garrote to strangle her and slashed her body with a sharp object.

Bradford had dated Knight shortly before her death and police long suspected he was the killer. But with little evidence, the case sat cold for decades until a Torrance police Cold Case Unit uncovered new evidence and arrested Bradford in 2009.

In the trial, the prosecution painted Bradford as a jilted ex-boyfriend who was enraged when...

Injuries pile up for understaffed Costa Mesa Police Department


Eight months ago, a Costa Mesa police officer pulled up to an Eastside grocery store.

Four teenagers had tried to steal liquor, and employees called for help in restraining them. Inside, one of the kids reached for the officer's service gun. Another took a swing, hitting the cop under the eye.

An off-duty Orange County sheriff's deputy, who happened to be at the store, jumped in to help, and he and the officer wrangled two of the teenagers. Reinforcements arrived, detaining the other two suspects.

The Oct. 15 fight came at an expense. One officer needed stitches. Another suffered a strain that's since kept him from working.

They were not alone. October marked the worst stretch of on-duty injuries in years — eight Costa Mesa Police Department officers were hurt in two weeks alone. Those numbers are in line with a larger trend. Since 2009, on-duty injuries have doubled, according to...

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