Father of murder victim Polly Klaas speaks after death row executions halted

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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.

Among those who faced imminent execution was 64-year-old Richard Allen Davis, who has been on death row at San Quentin since his 1996 conviction in the kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas of Petaluma. 

In an interview with the KRON4 Morning News Wednesday, Polly Klaas’s father Marc Klaas called Newsom’s decision “a travesty of justice.”

Klaas says in California a majority of the population supports the death penalty and called it “the law of the land.”

“For the governor to take an executive action and turn his backs on public support and the law is a very ‘Trumpian’- kind of thing to do… in effect what he’s doing is making the death penalty in California all about himself for the next 8 years and he’s advocating for pure evil,” he said. 

“We passed [Prop 66] two years ago, and again this was voted on for by people to streamline the death penalty… again, the people have spoken in California. We want this to happen. Individuals like Richard Allen Davis have no business breathing the same air that we’re breathing… he’s evil.” 

“We’re talking about spree killers, serial killers.. we’re truly talking about the dregs of society. And our governor now somehow feels he needs to advocate for these characters. It seems to me this is a very misplaced priority given all of the issues that exist in California right now,” he added. 

“I absolutely believe the sentence that was handed down by a jury of his peers should be carried out. I don’t like the idea that the 700 odd individuals are somehow given the ability to survive I even can’t. He gets guaranteed health care for the rest of his life.. you don’t get that… I don’t get that.. he gets that.” 

“I’d like to see him be executed,” Klaas added. 

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

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