Prostitute Testifies Against Oakland Man Facing Death PenaltyA veteran prostitute testified Tuesday that a man charged with two counts of murder for the fatal shootings of an 8-year-old girl in Oakland and a 22-year-old man in Berkeley in separate shootings in 2013 told her that he had killed the girl and wanted to kill the man.
Death Penalty Won't Be Sought For Drifters In String Of Bay Area MurdersMarin County District Attorney Ed Berberian said Wednesday his office will not seek the death penalty against three defendants charged with two shooting murders in Marin County and San Francisco last year.
Death Penalty Upheld For Inmate Accused Of 1985 San Quentin Prison Guard MurderThe California Supreme Court in San Francisco on Monday upheld the death penalty of a San Quentin State Prison inmate for the murder of a prison guard in 1985.
High Court Upholds Death Sentence of Motorcycle Gang KillerThe California Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the death sentence of a Santa Clara County motorcycle club member who killed three people in 1986 and 1987.
Man Accused In Oakland Mass Shooting Wants To Die As Soon As Possible To Atone, Psychologist SaysThe man accused of killing seven people and injuring three others in a shooting rampage at an Oakland university in 2012 wants to die as soon as possible to atone for what he did, a psychologist said Tuesday.
Appeals Court Rejects Challenge To California Death PenaltyA federal appeals court reversed a lower court ruling Thursday that found California's death penalty was unconstitutional because of excessive delays.
Prosecutors Won't Seek Death Penalty For 'Shrimp Boy' Chow In SF CaseFederal prosecutors announced Monday they will not seek a death penalty against Chinatown fraternal association leader Raymond “Shrimp Boy” if he is convicted of causing the murder of his predecessor as the group’s leader.
California Court To Rule If Death Penalty Delays Constitute Cruel, Unusual PunishmentThe question a federal appeals court will consider Monday is whether years of unpredictable delays from conviction to execution resulted in an arbitrary and unfair system that violates the Constitution's Eighth Amendment barring cruel and unusual punishment.
Supreme Court Upholds Drug Used In Botched Executions; California Not AffectedThe Supreme Court has upheld the use of a controversial drug that has been implicated in several botched executions, but California is not affected since it doesn't use the drug in its lethal injection cocktail.
Death Penalty Sought In Case Against Stockton Bank Robbery Suspect Who Used Hostage As Human ShieldProsecutors say they’re seeking a death sentence against a California man charged with killing a bank robbery hostage used as a human shield in a shootout with police.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Sentenced To Death In Boston Marathon BombingsJurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reached a verdict Friday afternoon as they try to determine if he should be sentenced to life in prison or executed.
Attorney General Harris Files Papers Defending Death Penalty's Constitutionality In CaliforniaCalifornia’s attorney general has filed court papers defending the constitutionality of the state’s death penalty.