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Man Injured in Truckee Plane Crash is Former Prosecutor

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The pilot injured in a Northern California plane crash that killed his wife is a former Orange County lawyer who successfully prosecuted the notorious 1970s serial killer Rodney Alcala. 
Richard Farnell is recovering in a Reno, Nev., hospital from injuries sustained in Monday's crash of a single-engine plane near the Truckee Tahoe Airport.
His wife, 55-year-old Darla Farnell, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Orange County Register reported Wednesday ( that the 71-year-old Farnell was a deputy district attorney from 1968 to 1981.  He prosecuted Alcala among dozens of other criminals before starting a private practice in Newport Beach. 
The Piper PA-46 Malibu took off from Santa Ana's John Wayne Airport.  It went down in a rugged area about 6 miles southeast of the Truckee airport.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Information from: The Orange County Register,   (AP)

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