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.
Inmates at San Quentin State Prison Tuesday were giving away $36,000 they have earned to five Bay Area crime victims’ service groups, a prison spokesman said.
California voters have decided to retain the death penalty for the state’s worst criminals, rejecting the argument that too few death row inmates are executed to justify the cost.
Three former California governors joined prosecutors and families of murder victims Tuesday to urge voters to reject a ballot proposal next week that would abolish the state’s death penalty.
San Quentin State Prison is on a medical lockdown following an outbreak of chickenpox, according to published reports.
A new Field Poll shows California voters split over a November ballot initiative seeking to repeal the death penalty.
Convicted serial killer Wesley Shermantine has claimed the remains of 14 murder victims are hidden in the Cow Mountain Recreation Area of Lake, and Mendocino Counties.
Scott Peterson on Thursday filed the automatic appeal of his 2004 death sentence to the California Supreme Court, maintaining as he always has that he had nothing to do with the murders of his wife Laci and unborn son Connor.
A death row inmate convicted of killing a 13-year-old boy has committed suicide, according to state prison officials.
After 14 years of denying responsibility for a series of murders, convicted serial killer Wesley Shermantine is now admitting to his involvement. Shermantine sat down with Koula Gianulias of the CBS Sacramento affiliate at San Quentin State Prison in an exclusive interview from death row.