Aaron Stovitz, original Manson prosecutor, dies
Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

(01-27) 04:00 PST Los Angeles - --

Aaron Stovitz, the original prosecutor of mass murderer Charles Manson and three female followers who was removed from the trial for comments he made about the case, has died. He was 85.

Mr. Stovitz died Monday at a San Fernando Valley hospital after a long battle with leukemia, said his daughter, Rhonda Steinberg.


A 1970 Los Angeles Times story speculated that Mr. Stovitz got into trouble for an off-hand remark he made after defendant Susan Atkins testified that she was too ill to continue with the trial.

"She's putting on an act worthy of Sarah Bernhardt," United Press International quoted Mr. Stovitz as saying.
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