California Voters Approve Death Penalty ReformTwo weeks after rejecting an effort to toss out the death penalty, a dueling measure designed to speed up appeals so killers are actually executed won a narrow victory Tuesday with 51 percent of support.
Death Penalty Repeal Effort Fails AgainFifty-four percent of voters rejected Prop. 62, which would have replaced the death penalty with life in prison without the chance of parole.
Jury Recommends Death For 'Grim Sleeper' KillerJurors deliberated for more than five hours over two days before recommending that Lonnie Franklin Jr. get the death penalty.
California Poised For November Showdown Over Death PenaltyNearly 750 convicted killers are sitting on the nation's largest death row, but no one has been executed in California in a decade because of ongoing legal challenges.
Showdown Set Over Future Of California's Death PenaltyCrime victims, prosecutors and other supporters plan to submit about 585,000 signatures for a ballot measure to streamline what both sides call a broken system.
32-Year-Old Sentenced To Death For Murdering Ex-Girlfriend, Her Family In 2010Joseph Mercado set fire to his ex-girlfriend's home in Hawaiian Gardens.
Jury Recommends Death In Double Killing, Dismemberment CaseA jury is recommending death for a Southern California man who killed two people and dismembered one of them in order to steal money and cover his tracks.
Appeals Court Rejects Challenge To California Death PenaltyA federal appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling that found California's death penalty was unconstitutional because of excessive delays.
California To Release Plan To Use 1 Drug In ExecutionsCalifornia is set to release plans to use a single drug to execute condemned prisoners, a change that comes nearly a decade after the state last put an inmate to death.
Families Of Murder Victims Seek Death Penalty Reforms In CaliforniaThe murder victim's families were surrounded by DA's and law enforcement officials who all said the system needs fixing.
Court Considers Challenge To California Death PenaltyA federal appellate court is considering whether California's death penalty is unconstitutional because of excessive delays.
DA To Seek Death Penalty In Death Of Gabriel FernandezA Palmdale couple charged with capital murder in the beating death of the woman’s 8-year-old son will face the death penalty, prosecutors said Wednesday.