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The trail and trials of Charles Samuel

Charles Samuel, who pleaded guilty Friday to the murder of 17-year old Lily Burk, has a criminal record that dates back more than 30 years. This interactive timeline traces his history using court, jail and prison records, as well as other law enforcement sources. Samuel, 50, pleaded guilty to killing Burk, a Los Angeles high school student, in a deal that spared him the death penalty in exchange for a sentence of life without possibility of parole. Click icons on timeline for more information.

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Sources: Times reporting, Los Angeles County Sheriff's jail records, Los Angeles County court records, San Bernardino County court records.
Graphics reporting by Maloy Moore, Megan Garvey, Richard Winton, Jack Leonard, Joel Rubin, Ari B. Bloomekatz.
Graphic and interactivity by Sean Connelley.

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