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San Quentin State Prison

California Voters May Soon Decide On Death Penalty Changes

Three former California governors announced a proposed ballot initiative Thursday designed to speed up the state’s lengthy death penalty process.

02/13/2014

A guard tower is seen on the grounds of the California State Prison at San Quentin. ( Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Death Row Inmate Commits Suicide In San Quentin Prison

A death row inmate at San Quentin State Prison committed suicide in his cell late Friday night, prison spokesman Lt. Sam Robinson said.

10/08/2013

San Quentin execution chamber

Gov. Brown Drops Appeal Of 3-Drug Execution Method

California prison officials say they won’t appeal to the state Supreme Court a ruling invalidating the state’s three-drug cocktail means of execution.

07/10/2013

Notable Deaths 2013

Marin Coroner Says ‘Night Stalker’ Died From Lymphoma, Hepatitis C

Condemned San Quentin State Prison inmate Richard Ramirez, known as the “Night Stalker,” has been determined to have died from complications from B-cell lymphoma, according to a Marin County coroner’s report.

06/17/2013

San Quentin execution chamber

Court Finds California Erred In New Lethal Injection Rules

Corrections officials made several “substantial” procedural errors when they adopted new lethal injection rules, a state appeals court ruled Thursday in a decision that could further delay a resumption of executions in California.

05/31/2013

Justin Alan Helzer, a death row inmate at San Quentin, died from an apparent suicide on April 14, 2013. Helzer was convicted of five murders in Concord and Marin County in 2000. (San Quentin State Prison)

San Quentin Death Row Inmate Found Dead In Apparent Suicide

San Quentin death row inmate Justin Alan Helzer, who was convicted in 2004 of five murders in Concord and in Marin County in 2000, committed suicide by hanging himself in his cell Sunday, San Quentin State Prison Lt. Sam Robinson said this afternoon.

04/15/2013

San Quentin execution chamber

Conviction, Death Penalty Reinstated In 1979 San Jose Murder

A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Thursday reinstated the murder conviction and death penalty of a Santa Clara County man who has been on death row for 33 years.

03/07/2013

Nathan Burris

Richmond Toll Plaza Killer Sentenced To Death

A Richmond man who gunned down his former girlfriend and her friend on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge toll plaza because he believed the pair was romantically involved was sentenced to death Friday.

01/18/2013

Nathan Burris

Sentencing In Toll Plaza Murders Delayed; Killer Hurls More Insults At Victims’ Families

Sentencing was delayed Tuesday morning for a man who gunned down his ex-girlfriend and her friend at the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge toll plaza in 2009.

12/18/2012

Nathan Burris

Jury Weighs Death Penalty For Richmond Toll Booth Killer

A Contra Costa County jury is now weighing the fate of the man who murdered his former girlfriend and her male friend on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge toll plaza.

11/15/2012

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