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Marisa Gerber

Marisa Gerber covers Los Angeles County’s criminal courts. She previously wrote about the central L.A. neighborhoods of Hollywood, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Echo Park and Downtown. Before joining the Los Angeles Times in 2012, she reported for the New York Times, OC Weekly and the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. Marisa grew up in Nogales, Ariz., and graduated from the University of Arizona.
‘I’m pleading insanity,’ suspect in Trader Joe’s shootout tells judge

At a court hearing Monday, Gene Evin Atkins, who is accused of holding people hostage inside a Trader Joe's in July, told a judge he wanted to plead insanity. The judge told him she would accept a "not guilty" plea.

Suspect in L.A. synagogue attack is found competent to stand trial

Mohamed Abdi Mohamed, 32, who is accused of trying to run two Jewish men down with his car outside a Los Angeles synagogue, was found competent to stand trial at a hearing on Friday.

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