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Time Warner chief’s son found slain in NYC apartment

June 3, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ The son of Time Warner Inc.’s chief executive was found bound, gagged and lying dead in a pool of blood in an Upper West Side apartment, the corporation’s news stations reported today.

The victim, Jonathan Levin, 34, is the son of Time Warner’s CEO Gerald Levin, cable station New York 1 said.

An investigative source, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the dead man’s name. The source said he apparently had been dead since late last week.

A neighbor, Richard Veloso, said he summoned police to the apartment Monday night after teachers at Taft High School in the Bronx, where Levin worked, said he hadn’t come to work.

Veloso went into the apartment with police and saw Levin lying face down, halfway out of the kitchen, with a pool of blood coming from his head.

Levin’s dog, a German shepherd named Julius, was found shut in the bedroom, Veloso said.

Thelma Ortiz, a cashier at the nearby Arista Deli, said Levin would stop in each day. ``He was very friendly and he would wave whenever he passed by,″ she said in her native Spanish. ``He was an English teacher and he lent me English books.″

Outside the sealed apartment door this morning, debris from the police investigation was scattered in the hallway _ wrappers for protective gloves and plastic coverings from film.

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