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March 10, 2006 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided to parole James Tramel, a convicted murderer who was ordained an Episcopal priest in prison, a spokeswoman for the governor said Thursday. In declining to review Tramel's case, the governor is letting stand an October 2005 decision by the state parole board to free the 38-year-old inmate, said Julie Soderlund, a Schwarzenegger aide. The action is a turnabout for the governor, who last year rejected the board's 2004 decision to release Tramel.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2006 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided to parole James Tramel, a convicted murderer who was ordained an Episcopal priest in prison, a spokeswoman for the governor said Thursday. In declining to review Tramel's case, the governor is letting stand an October 2005 decision by the state parole board to free the 38-year-old inmate, said Julie Soderlund, a Schwarzenegger aide. The action is a turnabout for the governor, who last year rejected the board's 2004 decision to release Tramel.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2006 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Four times a year, the Rev. James Tramel preaches via collect call to Berkeley's Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. "The way of Jesus is radically inclusive," he said one morning last summer. "The grace of God as manifest in Jesus Christ is a grand love that embraces sinners, outcasts and strangers." Beeps from taping equipment punctuated his oration. Every few minutes, a recorded voice said: "You are on the phone with an inmate at Solano State Prison."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2006 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Four times a year, the Rev. James Tramel preaches via collect call to Berkeley's Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. "The way of Jesus is radically inclusive," he said one morning last summer. "The grace of God as manifest in Jesus Christ is a grand love that embraces sinners, outcasts and strangers." Beeps from taping equipment punctuated his oration. Every few minutes, a recorded voice said: "You are on the phone with an inmate at Solano State Prison."
NEWS
May 15, 1986
A mistrial was declared after a Santa Barbara jury deadlocked in the murder trial of prep school student James (Rusty) Tramel, 18, accused of fatally stabbing a transient sleeping in a park gazebo. Superior Court Judge Bruce Dodds released the jurors, who were stalemated 11 to 1 in favor of a second-degree murder conviction. They told Dodds that they had ruled out a first-degree murder verdict. Michael Stephenson was stabbed 17 times and his throat was slashed last Aug. 4.
NEWS
May 9, 1986
A military school student on trial for his alleged part in the murder of a transient in Santa Barbara denied urging his classmate to kill the man. James (Rusty) Tramel, 18, testified that he was "shocked " when David Kurtzman, 18, of Palo Alto, stabbed to death Michael Stephenson, 29, in a park gazebo last August. Kurtzman was convicted in March of second-degree murder. Tramel, being tried in the same Santa Barbara Superior Court, said he heard the victim say, "No, my friend, no!"
NEWS
October 4, 1985
Two military school cadets accused of killing a transient and showing doubters his body on a $50 bet should be prosecuted as adults, a Santa Barbara judge ruled. The 17-year-olds had been part of a secret society known as "The Nine" at Northwestern Preparatory School, according to one witness who testified that the group was patterned after "The Lords of Discipline," a movie about life in a military school. As their families looked on, Superior Court Judge Ronald C. Stevens ordered David K.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1987 | Associated Press
A prep school student from Texas asked for forgiveness before a judge sentenced him to 15 years to life behind bars for the commando-style murder of a transient in a park gazebo nearly two years ago. James (Rusty) Tramel, 19, of Victoria, Tex., should be sent to the California Youth Authority until he is 25, then serve the rest of his term in state prison, Superior Court Judge Bruce Dodds ruled Thursday. Tramel could be eligible for parole in 1995.
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March 26, 1986 | Associated Press
Jurors convicted a former military student of second-degree murder Tuesday for the brutal stabbing of a transient killed while the teen-ager and a friend were on a midnight patrol seeking Latino youths. David Kenneth Kurtzman, 18, who had gone to Northwestern Preparatory School in hopes of raising his grades enough to win a U.S. Naval Academy appointment, faces a possible 16-years-to-life prison sentence. The Palo Alto resident will be sentenced April 18.
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May 30, 1988 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
David Kenneth Kurtzman readily admitted stabbing to death a 29-year-old drifter in a downtown park in Santa Barbara in 1985. The question for the jury was whether to accept the prep school student's defense that he killed in the honest but unreasonably mistaken belief that his victim was a member of a local gang that had threatened his friends.
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