California Death Row: Infamous inmates at San Quentin


The 737 inmates on California’s largest-in-the-nation death row are getting a reprieve from Gov. Gavin Newsom, who plans to sign an executive order Wednesday placing a moratorium on executions.

Newsom also is withdrawing the lethal injection regulations that death penalty opponents already have tied up in courts and shuttering the new execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison that has never been used.

Trump on Wednesday responded to the moratorium halting the executions of “737 stone cold killers,” adding he was “not thrilled.”

California hasn’t executed anyone since 2006, when Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor.

Since California’s last execution, its death row population has grown to house one of every four condemned inmates in the United States.

Here are some infamous inmates on California’s death row:

Scott Peterson 

After he reported his pregnant wife missing on Christmas Eve 2002, police pursued nearly 10,000 tips, and looked at parolees and convicted sex offenders as possible suspects. Ultimately Scott Peterson was arrested and convicted of the first-degree murder of Laci Peterson and the second-degree murder of their unborn son, Conner, in Modesto, California. Now 46, he’s housed at San Quentin.

Richard Allen Davis 

Now 64, Davis has been on death row at San Quentin State Prison since his 1996 conviction in the kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas of Petaluma, California. The case helped gain support for California’s “three-strikes law” for repeat offenders.

Charles Ng

Convicted along with an accomplice, Leonard Lake, of killing 11 people at a cabin in the Sierra Nevada foothills during the 1980s. Lake killed himself in 1985. Ng’s prosecution cost California approximately $20 million, at the time the most expensive trial in state history. Now 58, Ng is housed at San Quentin.

Vincent Brothers

A former high school vice principal, Brothers was convicted of killing his wife, their three young children and his mother-in-law. Prosecutors said he attempted to create an alibi by flying to Columbus, Ohio, with the pretext of visiting his brother. He then drove his rental car to Bakersfield, California, to carry out the killings and returned to Ohio. Now 57, he’s been on San Quentin’s death row since 2007.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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