San Quentin Inmate Free After More Than 25 Years On Death RowVicente Benavides took his first steps of freedom right into his family's arms Thursday after his conviction in the rape and killing of his girlfriend's two-year-old daughter was overturned.
LAUSD Assistant Teacher Accused Of Smuggling Drugs, Phones To Death Row InmateAn LAUSD assistant teacher is facing charges of smuggling heroin and cell phones to a death row inmate convicted of eight murders in Southern California.
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.
Death Row Inmate's Death Investigated As SuicidePrison authorities say a San Quentin death row inmate's death is being investigated as a suicide.
Man Convicted Of Pair Of 2004 Murders Sentenced To DeathA man convicted of killing two workers during a robbery spree ten years ago has been sentenced to death.
South LA Serial Killer Given Additional Death SentencesOne of the most prolific killers in Los Angeles history was given additional death sentences Friday for four killings linked to him through DNA testing while he was on death row.
Federal Judge In OC Rules California Death Penalty UnconstitutionalA federal judge in Orange County on Wednesday declared California's death penalty system unconstitutional and so "dysfunctional" that it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
California Plans Death Row Mental Health Unit The planned construction responds to a judge's finding in December that mentally ill inmates on death row lack proper treatment.
Ex-Calif. Governors Back Petition For Death Row Reform Push Three former California governors voiced their support Thursday for a signature-gathering campaign underway to reform California’s death penalty system.
Death Row Inmate Who Killed 2 Riverside County Deputies DiesAn inmate on California's death row for the 1997 killing of two Riverside County sheriff's deputies has died at San Quentin State Prison.
LA Judge Refuses To Order One-Drug ExecutionsA judge turned down a bid Monday by the Los Angeles County district attorney to order the immediate execution of two death row prisoners by a new single-drug injection method.
Convicted Calif. Serial Killer Accused In 2 NYC Deaths A man already convicted and on California's death row for the decades-old murders of four women and a 12-year-old girl now faces charges in the slayings of two Manhattan women in the 1970s.

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