California Supreme Court Upholds Measure To Speed ExecutionsProposition 66 aims to expedite death sentences by setting a 5-year deadline on court appeals by condemned inmates.
Judge Removes Death Penalty As Possible Sentence For Mass KillerA judge will decide whether 47-year-old Scott Dekraai should remain eligible for the death penalty or sentenced to life without parole for killing eight people in a 2011 shooting rampage at an Orange County hair salon.
Sex Offender Convicted Of Murdering OC Prostitutes Sentenced To DeathThe hearing will be held at 9 a.m. in Santa Ana.
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.