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Ex-Teacher Killed; Man Charged With Murder

An 82-year-old retired Hollywood High School English teacher was found dead in his apartment Feb 12, and his death was ruled a homicide. A coroner’s report later said Harry Major had died of strangulation, and 44-year-old Scott Kratlian, also known as Scott Porter, was charged with murder in his death.

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A 44-year-old man previously convicted of manslaughter pleaded not guilty Monday in the strangulation death of a former Hollywood High School teacher, who had been his pen pal, according to a prosecutor.

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Former Hollywood High school teacher Harry Major was found dead Feb. 12.

Scott Kratlian, also known as Scott Porter, was charged with murder after Harry Major, 82, was found dead in his Hollywood home on Feb. 12.

Major died of strangulation, according to a coroner’s report. The death was ruled a homicide.

Kratlian was taken into custody on Feb. 18 by a Los Angeles Police Department and FBI task force.

Kratlian and Major became pen pals while the suspect was serving a sentence for manslaughter in a New York prison, said Deputy District Attorney Tony Cho of the Elder Abuse Section in a new release on plea.

He was convicted in 1993 in New York for first-degree murder, according to a criminal complaint provided by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Kratlian was released in late 2013 and then came to Los Angeles, Cho said.

KTLA’s Anthony Kurzweil and Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.

A former Hollywood High School teacher whose death was being investigated as suspicious was strangled, and a suspect was taken into custody in his killing, police said Thursday.

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Former Hollywood High school teacher Harry Major was found dead Feb. 12.

Harry Major, 82, has been found dead in his Hollywood home on Feb. 12, and his death had been ruled a homicide.

On Thursday, police said he had died of strangulation, according to a coroner’s report. Coroner’s officials had previously not provided details on the death, only saying it was a homicide.

Scott Kratlian, a 44-year-old man also known as Scott Porter, was taken into custody Tuesday by an Los Angeles Police Department and FBI task force.

Kratlian was charged with murder and was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, according to LAPD. His arraignment was postponed, according to court officials at the downtown Los Angeles criminal courthouse.

According to the criminal complaint against Kratlian, he has a 1993 conviction in New York state for first-degree manslaughter.

Police on Tuesday had asked for the public’s help in providing information on the killing.

Anyone with information was asked to contact West Bureau Homicide Detective  S. Katz at 213-382-9470. During nonbusiness hours or on weekends, calls should go to 877-527-3247.

Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637, beginning the message with “LAPD.”

Police were asking for the public’s help Tuesday in providing information in the death of a retired English teacher at Hollywood High School.

Doug Kolk reports from the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.

Police were asking for the public’s help Tuesday in providing information in the death of a retired Hollywood High School English teacher.

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Harry Major, 82, was found dead under “suspicious circumstances” in his apartment.

Harry Major, 82, was found dead under “suspicious circumstances” in his apartment in the 1400 block of North Vista Street on Wednesday.

His death was officially ruled a homicide by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter confirmed only that Major’s death was ruled a homicide; he would not provide details or a cause of death.

Longtime friend Susan Emmanule described Major as a wonderful man.

“He was a fabulous guy,” Emmanuel said. “He was sweet. He was loving. He was generous.”

Anyone with additional information was asked to contact Detective S. Katz at 213-382-9470.

Police were investigating the “suspicious death” of an 82-year-old man identified by neighbors as Harry Major, a retired English teacher at Hollywood High School.

Doug Kolk reports from Hollywood for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.

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