[Ronald J. Zonen] gave researcher [Michael Mehas] invaluable access to everything from witness addresses and autopsy photos to interrogation footage and his trial notebook. But all that goodwill did not go unpunished. Mehas, who is also an anti-death-penalty criminal defense lawyer, came to see prosecutor Zonen's tactics as "misleading" and "ruthless." So a week after Hollywood's capture, he offered Hollywood's attorney James Blatt some helpful tips, including the fact that Zonen let him borrow confidential case files. That detail ultimately got Zonen booted from the case
He and Cassavetes grew so close, Cassavetes says, that Hollywood told him how he helped his son escape the U.S. ([Jack Hollywood] denies this.) At the time, [Jesse James Hollywood] was secretly living in a tiny beach town outside Rio de Janeiro.
TRAGIC CASE: [Nicholas Markowitz], left, was 15 when he was killed, allegedly on the orders of Jesse James Hollywood, then 20.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Associated Press; FILM VERSION: [Emile Hirsch], right, plays the central character and [Justin Timberlake] is his best friend.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Darren Michaels New Line Product; A DIRECTOR AND A DAD: [Nick Cassavetes] saw Nicholas Markowitz's murder as a cautionary tale about self-absorbed parents.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Jennifer S. Altman For The Times; TRAGIC CASE: Nicholas Markowitz, left, was 15 when he was killed, allegedly on the orders of Jesse James Hollywood, then 20.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Spencer Weiner Los Angeles Times; no caption; PHOTOGRAPHER: Jennifer S. Altman For The Times