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June 27, 1989
Denying that he is "the cold-blooded, inhumane monster some people believe me to be," John Galen Davenport was sentenced to death for the second time in the murder of a Tustin woman found impaled on a wooden stake. Davenport's original sentence was reversed by the state Supreme Court under then-Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird. On March 27, 1980, Gayle Ann Lingle, 30, was stabbed repeatedly and impaled on a stake while she was still alive. Her nude body was found in a field in Irvine.
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June 27, 1989
Denying that he is "the cold-blooded, inhumane monster some people believe me to be," John Galen Davenport was sentenced to death for the second time in the murder of a Tustin woman found impaled on a wooden stake. Davenport's original sentence was reversed by the state Supreme Court under then-Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird. On March 27, 1980, Gayle Ann Lingle, 30, was stabbed repeatedly and impaled on a stake while she was still alive. Her nude body was found in a field in Irvine.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
Convicted killer John Galen Davenport, the last of four Orange County men to win new death penalty trials by order of the old state Supreme Court under then-Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird, had prepared a six-page statement he wanted to read to jurors Wednesday. The highly unusual defense request had been approved by Orange County Superior Court Judge Everett W. Dickey. But when the time came, Davenport's lawyers backed down, providing an anticlimax in the trial of a man fighting to avoid the death penalty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
John Galen Davenport, denying that he is "the coldblooded, inhumane monster some people believe me to be," on Monday was sentenced to death for the second time in the death of a Tustin woman found impaled on a wooden stake. Davenport is the last of four defendants retried in Orange County after the state Supreme Court under then-Presiding Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird reversed their death sentences. All four men now have been returned to Death Row at San Quentin. On March 27, 1980, Gayle Ann Lingle, 30, was stabbed repeatedly and impaled on a stake while she was still alive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
John Galen Davenport, who won a reprieve from Death Row four years ago on his conviction in the 1980 murder of a young Tustin woman, was handed a new death verdict Thursday by a second jury after just five hours of deliberation. Davenport, known as Honda Dave to his biker friends, was the last of four county men whose death sentences were reversed by the state Supreme Court under then-Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird. The others--Marcelino Ramos, Rodney Alcala and Theodore Frank--had already been sent by new juries back to San Quentin Prison with new death sentences.
NEWS
April 27, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
John Galen Davenport, the last of four Orange County men to be retried after death penalty reversals by the state Supreme Court under former Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird, received a new death verdict from a jury today. Davenport, 34, of Tustin had been convicted eight years ago in the March 27, 1980, stabbing death of 30-year-old Gayle Ann Lingle in a vacant Fullerton field. She had been stabbed more than a dozen times and was found impaled on a four-foot wooden stake. The Bird court upheld Davenport's conviction but ordered a new death penalty trial, ruling that errors had been made by both the trial judge and the prosecutor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
John Galen Davenport, denying that he is "the coldblooded, inhumane monster some people believe me to be," on Monday was sentenced to death for the second time in the death of a Tustin woman found impaled on a wooden stake. Davenport is the last of four defendants retried in Orange County after the state Supreme Court under then-Presiding Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird reversed their death sentences. All four men now have been returned to Death Row at San Quentin. On March 27, 1980, Gayle Ann Lingle, 30, was stabbed repeatedly and impaled on a stake while she was still alive.
NEWS
February 5, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
His friends called him "Honda Dave," and every day at his murder trial 8 years ago his bright red-and-white Honda 350 sat in front of the judge's bench. It was the key evidence against him, and a grim reminder of the murder of a woman in a vacant Irvine field. Honda Dave--John Galen Davenport--became the only defendant from Orange County ever sent to San Quentin's Death Row for murder with torture. But this week, he is back.
NEWS
December 13, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
White supremacist Gunner Lindberg on Friday became the first person in California to be sentenced to death because of a murder committed out of racial hatred. Before pronouncing sentence in the unprecedented case, Superior Court Judge Robert R. Fitzgerald sought to dispel any lingering doubts that the convicted 22-year-old murderer deserved to die.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1988 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
Marcelino Ramos, the killer who told his victims at a Taco Bell to "say your prayers" and then shot them, was sentenced to death Wednesday for the second time, despite his claims that the absence of Latinos on the jury deprived him of a fair trial. "I believe, sir, that I am still entitled to a jury of my peers, which includes my people," Ramos told Superior Court Judge Francisco P. Briseno at his sentencing hearing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
John Galen Davenport, who won a reprieve from Death Row four years ago on his conviction in the 1980 murder of a young Tustin woman, was handed a new death verdict Thursday by a second jury after just five hours of deliberation. Davenport, known as Honda Dave to his biker friends, was the last of four county men whose death sentences were reversed by the state Supreme Court under then-Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird. The others--Marcelino Ramos, Rodney Alcala and Theodore Frank--had already been sent by new juries back to San Quentin Prison with new death sentences.
NEWS
April 27, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
John Galen Davenport, the last of four Orange County men to be retried after death penalty reversals by the state Supreme Court under former Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird, received a new death verdict from a jury today. Davenport, 34, of Tustin had been convicted eight years ago in the March 27, 1980, stabbing death of 30-year-old Gayle Ann Lingle in a vacant Fullerton field. She had been stabbed more than a dozen times and was found impaled on a four-foot wooden stake. The Bird court upheld Davenport's conviction but ordered a new death penalty trial, ruling that errors had been made by both the trial judge and the prosecutor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
Convicted killer John Galen Davenport, the last of four Orange County men to win new death penalty trials by order of the old state Supreme Court under then-Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird, had prepared a six-page statement he wanted to read to jurors Wednesday. The highly unusual defense request had been approved by Orange County Superior Court Judge Everett W. Dickey. But when the time came, Davenport's lawyers backed down, providing an anticlimax in the trial of a man fighting to avoid the death penalty.
NEWS
February 5, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
His friends called him "Honda Dave," and every day at his murder trial 8 years ago his bright red-and-white Honda 350 sat in front of the judge's bench. It was the key evidence against him, and a grim reminder of the murder of a woman in a vacant Irvine field. Honda Dave--John Galen Davenport--became the only defendant from Orange County ever sent to San Quentin's Death Row for murder with torture. But this week, he is back.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1988 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County jury returned a new death verdict Wednesday for Marcelino Ramos, who told his victims during a Santa Ana Taco Bell robbery to "say your prayers" before he fatally shot the 20-year-old manager and wounded another employee. Ramos' 1980 death sentence for the June 3, 1979, murder of Katherine Parrott, a Taco Bell manager trainee, was overturned three years ago by the state Supreme Court because of faulty jury instructions.
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