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April 25, 1989
Former Cal State Chico football star Steven Crittenden was convicted by an Auburn jury of torturing and murdering a prominent Chico couple while robbing them. Crittenden showed no emotion as the jurors found him guilty in the deaths of Dr. William Chiapella, 68, and his wife, Katherine, 67, who were bound, gagged, stabbed and beaten in their home in January, 1987. Crittenden, 20, faces a possible death sentence because he was convicted of three special circumstances, including multiple murders, torture and murder in the commission of a robbery.
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June 13, 1989
A former Cal State Chico football player was sentenced to death for the torture murders of a couple during a 1987 robbery. Steven Crittenden, 21, had been convicted by a jury in Auburn of murdering Dr. William Chiappella, 68, and his wife, Katherine, 67, who were bound and gagged, then stabbed and beaten in their Chico home. Placer County Superior Court Judge James Garbolino accepted the jury's recommendation that Crittenden be put to death, despite defense attorney Don Blake's contention that only one person had received the death penalty in six neighboring counties in recent years.
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NEWS
June 13, 1989
A former Cal State Chico football player was sentenced to death for the torture murders of a couple during a 1987 robbery. Steven Crittenden, 21, had been convicted by a jury in Auburn of murdering Dr. William Chiappella, 68, and his wife, Katherine, 67, who were bound and gagged, then stabbed and beaten in their Chico home. Placer County Superior Court Judge James Garbolino accepted the jury's recommendation that Crittenden be put to death, despite defense attorney Don Blake's contention that only one person had received the death penalty in six neighboring counties in recent years.
NEWS
April 25, 1989
Former Cal State Chico football star Steven Crittenden was convicted by an Auburn jury of torturing and murdering a prominent Chico couple while robbing them. Crittenden showed no emotion as the jurors found him guilty in the deaths of Dr. William Chiapella, 68, and his wife, Katherine, 67, who were bound, gagged, stabbed and beaten in their home in January, 1987. Crittenden, 20, faces a possible death sentence because he was convicted of three special circumstances, including multiple murders, torture and murder in the commission of a robbery.
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