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For L.A.'s killers, witness intimidation works

By Jill Leovy
The Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — It was among the most brutal Southland homicides in recent memory: On a sunny Sunday afternoon last fall, two men jumped out of an SUV and set Marcial Sanchez on fire, in full view of a crowd on Cesar Chavez Boulevard in East Los Angeles.

Police are increasingly seeing witnesses being intimidated. (AP Photo/Don Heupel)
The 52-year-old factory worker was engulfed in flames and burned over 70 percent of his body. He died hours later at a hospital.

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