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August 7, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
When Superior Court Judge Robert R. Fitzgerald sentenced James A. Melton six years ago to be executed for the robbery and murder of a Newport Beach man, he told the defendant it was too bad, because he liked him. I remember being a little surprised. Covering Melton's trial, I hadn't found anything likable about him at all. Melton, a large man, appeared menacing. He glared when spoken to. He never smiled or talked with his lawyer.
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August 7, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
When Superior Court Judge Robert R. Fitzgerald sentenced James A. Melton six years ago to be executed for the robbery and murder of a Newport Beach man, he told the defendant it was too bad, because he liked him. I remember being a little surprised. Covering Melton's trial, I hadn't found anything likable about him at all. Melton, a large man, appeared menacing. He glared when spoken to. He never smiled or talked with his lawyer.
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June 2, 1990 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge Friday scheduled convicted killer Robert Jackson Thompson's execution date for Aug. 21, a formal step necessary before Thompson's appeal moves into the federal courts. Thompson, convicted in the murder and sexual molestation of a 12-year-old Anaheim newspaper boy, is probably at least five years away from execution, most prosecutors and defense attorneys involved in death-penalty cases believe. "This is just another step we have to take, but an important one," said Chief Deputy Dist.
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January 17, 1990 | From a Times Staff Writer
John G. Brown, 42. Convicted in the June 9, 1980, murder of Garden Grove Police Officer Donald Reed in a bar shooting. Sentenced June 11, 1981. William C. Payton, 36. Convicted in the May 26, 1980, Garden Grove murder of Pamela Montgomery, 21, who was raped and stabbed. Sentenced March 5, 1982. William G. Bonin, 42. Known as the Freeway Killer. Convicted of 14 murders in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Sentenced in Los Angeles County in 1982, and in Orange County in 1983. James A. Melton, 37.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1998 | JERRY HICKS
A friend once questioned how I could actually like someone who is on San Quentin's death row. Especially someone whose crimes are as vicious as those of James A. Melton. The answer is, I don't know. I do know it will be a melancholy day for me when Melton finally enters the death chamber, as Thomas Thompson did Tuesday. And I don't see much chance of Melton's escaping that fate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1987 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
Sometimes James A. Melton gets so depressed, sitting alone in his 4 1/2-by-10-foot cell on Death Row, that he begins to sob spontaneously. "You get in that cell, nobody around--I've sat in there, and it just feels like the whole world has come down on top of me," he said. There is a new mood these days on Death Row at San Quentin State Prison, where no one has been executed in 20 years. "Some inmates don't want to talk about it," Melton said, "but I do try to talk about it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1987 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
No one has been executed by the State of California in 20 years. Yet the two-seat gas chamber at San Quentin Prison, where 190 men and four women were put to death between 1937 and 1967, is still in operating order. Just a short walk away, in three cell blocks known as Death Row, 198 men, including 16 from Orange County, await the outcomes of their court appeals.
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April 19, 1992 | Compile by Jerry Hicks and Mark I. Pinsky
Twenty-Two men who have been sentenced in Orange County Superior Court are on San Quentin's Death Row awaiting execution. Half of them have had their sentences upheld by the State Supreme Court and are in the federal system. State prosecutors say that it could take four or five years to exhaust all their appeals, although the U.S. Supreme Court may streamline the federal appellate process for death sentences. William Charles Payton, 38, Garden Grove. Sentenced: March 5, 1982, by Judge Donald A.
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