Death Penalty

Palm Springs Police Department
CNS News
August 30, 2019 - 2:57 pm
INDIO (CNS) - A man who gunned down two Palm Springs police officers who had responded to his family's home due to a domestic disturbance was sentenced to death today. John Hernandez Felix, 28, was convicted in May of murder and other charges for the Oct. 8, 2016, killings of veteran Officer Jose...
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Craig Fiegener
Ameera Butt
August 28, 2019 - 9:57 am
There's some breaking news today in Los Angeles: Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a Lancaster mother and her boyfriend in the death of her son, 10-year-old Anthony Avalos. The death penalty will be sought against Heather Barron, 29, and her boyfriend, Kareem Leiva, 33, who are charged...
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August 04, 2019 - 4:10 pm
The Justice Department is seriously weighing federal hate crime charges against the El Paso shooting suspect that would carry the potential for a sentence of the death penalty. That's according to a person familiar with the department's decision making process, who was not authorized to speak on...
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June 24, 2019 - 4:38 pm
A jury has recommended the death penalty for a Southern California man convicted of killing a family of four with a sledgehammer and burying their bodies in shallow desert graves. Jurors in San Bernardino made the recommendation Monday for 62-year-old Charles "Chase" Merritt in a case that puzzled...
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June 14, 2019 - 11:08 am
Las Vegas -- A former Maxim model who says she also posed for Playboy Italia pleaded not guilty along with her boyfriend to murder and conspiracy in the killing of a 71-year-old California psychiatrist in Las Vegas. Kelsey Nichole Turner and Jon Logan Kennison stood in shackles Thursday as they...
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April 10, 2019 - 4:40 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California prosecutors announced Wednesday they will seek the death penalty if they convict the man suspected of being the notorious "Golden State Killer" who eluded capture for decades. The move comes less than a month after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a moratorium on...
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March 15, 2019 - 5:17 pm
There are 737 inmates on death row in California – most of any state in the nation. But that could change now that Gov. Gavin Newsom, who took office in January, halted executions with an executive order. "Just last year we had someone who was exonerated that spent 26 years on death row – joining...
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November 06, 2018 - 3:23 pm
WELD COUNTY, Colo. (CBS News) — A Colorado father has pleaded guilty to killing his two young daughters and his pregnant wife in a deal that removes the death penalty as a possible sentence, according to the Weld County District Attorney's Office. Christopher Watts reached the plea deal Tuesday...
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Andrew Urdiales. Photo courtesy of the Illinois Department of Corrections
November 05, 2018 - 5:49 pm
SANTA ANA (CNS) - Two Death Row inmates convicted of Southern California killings were found dead in their cells at San Quentin State Prison, with both cases being investigated as probable suicides, corrections officials reported today. Andrew Urdiales, 54, was found in his cell Friday night about...
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October 03, 2018 - 1:23 pm
LANCASTER (CNS) - A woman and her boyfriend pleaded not guilty today to torturing and murdering her 10-year-old son in Lancaster in a case in which the two could now face the death penalty if they are convicted. The boy's mother, Heather Maxine Barron, 29, and her boyfriend, Kareem Ernesto Leiva,...
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