L.A. Sportscaster Who Shot Radio Commentator Dies At 70
March 19, 2007 at 5:50 AM (PT)
STAN DUKE, the TV sportscaster who shot and killed KGFJ-A/LOS ANGELES commentator AVERILL BERMAN in 1971, died of a heart attack WEDNESDAY in SANTA BARBARA at 70.
DUKE, who started in radio in COALINGA, CA and PORTLAND, OR before moving to KNBC-TV/LOS ANGELES as a cameraman, was a weekend sports anchor for CBS O&O KNXT-TV (now KCBS-TV)/LOS ANGELES for five years when he came home on FEBRUARY 7, 1971 to find his estranged wife in the bedroom with BERMAN; DUKE testified that he got a rifle, came back, and shot through the closet door behind which BERMAN was hiding. DUKE pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but was convicted of second-degree murder, serving just three years before being paroled.
DUKE briefly worked at USC noncommercial Classical KUSC/LOS ANGELES as an engineer in 1974 before leaving the business to work as Sports Information Dir. at UC-SANTA BARBARA, then later worked in construction and for an oil company.