September 11, 1991 |
A Riverside County Superior Court judge has fixed a Dec. 3 execution date for condemned murderer Ronald Lee Deere, who is in line to be the first inmate put to death in California's gas chamber since 1967. While higher courts commonly postpone execution dates, the action Monday by Judge Richard G. Van Frank could actually trigger an execution this year because Deere, who murdered three people, repeatedly has asked that appeals not be pursued on his behalf.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1991 |
The state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death sentences of three convicted killers, including the triggerman in the mistaken-identity murders of the mother and three other relatives of former football star Kermit Alexander. In a 6-1 decision, the justices turned down an appeal by Tiequon Aundray Cox, 25, found guilty with two other men in the execution-style killings of Ebora Alexander, her daughter Dietra, and her grandsons Damani Garner and Damon Bonner in Los Angeles in August, 1984.
June 23, 1991 |
Ronald Deere, a muscular man with dark hair and bizarre scars covering his body, stood in an Indio courtroom and defiantly demanded that the judge impose the most severe penalty--death. "I committed a crime punishable by death. I should have been punished a long time ago," Deere said in 1986, having already admitted murdering a friend and his two young daughters, ages 7 and 2, in Blythe four years earlier.
March 23, 1990 |
Atty. Gen. John K. Van de Kamp predicted Thursday that it will be at least a year after the scheduled execution of Robert Alton Harris in April before the state of California puts to death another prisoner. After Harris, Van de Kamp said, the Death Row inmate whose legal appeals have moved furthest through the courts is Edgar Hendricks, a male prostitute who was sentenced to death for the murder of two San Francisco men in 1980.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1986 |
When Steven Livaditis was arraigned on charges of murdering three people during a bungled robbery at a Beverly Hills jewelry store recently, he entered a plea of not guilty after conferring with his court-appointed public defender. In an earlier newspaper interview Livaditis expressed a remorseful desire to plead guilty and accept the penalty of death. For some, this bizarre turn of events offers another example of the folly of our criminal-justice system.
January 1, 1986 |
The state Supreme Court reversed 11 death penalty cases Tuesday as it released a record number of rulings in an effort to beat a year-end deadline created by the departure of retiring Justice Otto M. Kaus. With the 11 death penalty reversals, the most ever in a single day under the current court, the justices have now upset 52 of 55 death cases they have decided since capital punishment was reinstated in 1977.