Convicted and sentenced to death in the Halloween 1993 murder of 14 yr old Stephen Coats Jr, 13yr old Edgar Evans, and 14yr old Reginald Crawford, the three were murdered in gang gunfire.Donte McDaniel
Convicted and sentenced to Death 3/09 in the murders of 33-year-old George Brooks and his cousin, 52-year-old Annette Anderson, in an apartment over a drug money dispute.Maureen McDermott
Convicted of the murder-for- hire of Stephen Eldridge in Los Angeles County in March 1985. She received the death penalty on June 8, 1990. Charles McDowell
On May 20, 1982, Charles E. McDowell, Jr., killed Paula Rodriguez. Following this grisly homicide, a jury convicted him of various crimes, including murder committed with the special circumstances of burglary and rape, and sentenced him to death. He then slashed the throat of a neighbor, Theodore Sum, who had come to help. Mr. Sum survived and identified McDowell, whom he previously knew.Timothy McGhee
With six sheriff’s deputies standing guard, a jury late this afternoon recommended that former Atwater Village gang leader Timothy McGhee be sentenced to death for the murders of three people. McGhee, 35, had been convicted of the murders last November, but the original jury deadlocked on whether he should be put to death or receive life in prison without parole. The ex-Toonerville street gang chief is a charismatic, goateed figure who could pass for a motivational speaker. Last month, as he stood trial for leading a 2005 prison riot in the cell block he commanded, McGhee attended trial attired in a variety of well-pressed suits, his shaved head revealing a scalp tattoo of the eagle and snake found on the Mexican flag. Today, in a nearly empty courtroom, he wore a dark chalk-striped suit as he listened to the 12 jurors individually confirm their decisions to send him to death row. All court officers stood up as the 12-member panel left Department 104 – only McGhee remained seated. Judge Robert J. Perry will sentence McGhee later.Crandell McKinnon
McKinnon, a Crips gang member, was convicted of killing two men in Banning during a six-week period in 1994.Kenneth McKinzie
Convicted and sentenced to Death in 1999 for strangling 73-year-old Ruth Avril during a botched robbery at her Oxnard apartment building Dec. 21, 1995.Ronald McPeters
Sentenced to death for the 1984 murder of 27 year old aspiring model Linda Marie Baltazar-Pasnick. She was shoot in her car while a half douzen people watched the horror in fornt of a fresno fastfood-restaurant.Richard McWhorter
Crime date: Sept. 11, 1995
Shirley D. Jordan, 48, and her only child, Joseph "Joey" Jordan, 10, lived in a modest apartment in Oildale when they were killed by Richard McWhorter. Joey attended Beardsley School, was active as a Cub Scout and was known among his friends as a gentle peacemaker. The mother and son were survived by Shirley Jordan's parents in Oklahoma and Joey's father, who had not lived with the family for many years. Teofilo Medina Jr.
Was proved in to have robbed four ARCO Mini Marts and thereafter to have killed the non-resisting clerks by shooting them in the back of the head at point-blank range.Angelo M. Melendez
Sentenced: Aug. 18, 2003
Crime: Murdered Stagg High School athletic standout Koi Wilson and left Ricky Lee Richardson paralyzed after a robbery of money and drugs.
On New Year's Day in Stockton, California, Lynette Denney died, "for the second time," reports Sara Cardine in the Stockton Record. In 1980, when she was 22, Angelo Michael Melendez shot her in the head and left her for dead. Lynette had refused to have sex with Melendez, and he shot her "at point-blank range under each eye." Miraculously, she didn't die, but complications following surgery "caused her to fall into a permanent, semi-vegetative state." As described in the story, her family cared for her for the next 27 years.
And what sentence did Melendez get for this crime? A mere seven years, and he was released on parole after five. Not only was that a grossly inadequate sentence as a matter of just deserts, but it left this monster free to do it again, and the second time he made sure the victim did not survive. Melendez is presently on death row for the murder of 19-year-old Koi Wilson, also of Stockton.James Andrew Melton
Convicted and sentenced to Death in the murder of Anthony DeSousa, 77, a retired hairdresser
who had advertised for a lover. His battered nude body was found with an electrical cord tied
around his neck. Police found Melton in possession of DeSousa's car and arrested him. He was convicted Dec. 1, 1982, and sentenced to death March 18, 1983. Overturned Jan 2007.Harold Ray Memro
Was sentenced to death for murdering 3 children - Scott F. and Ralph C. on July 26, 1976, and Carl C., Jr. (Carl Jr.), on October 22, 1978. Julian Mendez
Date of crime: 2/4/2000
Mendez, a gang member, beat Michael Faria (age 15) and then shot him twice, including once in the head. Mendez then ordered another gang member to shoot Jessica Salazar (age 14) because she was able to identify Mendez as the shooter. The other gang member refused to shoot Salazar so Mendez ultimately shot her. In mitigation, the defense argued Mendez had spent most of his life in a gang, and his father spent half of his life in prison because of drug usage. Huber Joel Mendoza
Date of Crime: 12/12/01
Mendoza “dressed for war” in a helmet and bulletproof vest while carrying two handguns, a rifle, and extra ammunition. He invaded the home of his estranged wife’s mother and fired 72 rounds, killing his mother-in-law Alicia Martinez, his wife’s cousin Carlos Lopez, and a man his wife had been dating, Carmino Chavez. The defense claimed Mendoza was mentally ill, and had a terrible childhood.Luis Mendoza
Convicted and sentenced to Death 09/08 in the so-called "Dead Presidents" quadruple slaying in July 2000. Mendoza, 32, and Arias, 29, were part of a 4-man crew who fired gunshots and killed 4 men and wounded 2 others at a West Vine Street duplex in July 2000, according to San Bernardino Police.
The victims who died were: Johnny Agudo, 33; his brother Gilbert Agudo, 27; Anthony Daniel Luna, 23; and Luna's half-brother, Marselino Gregory Luna, 19. Because the Agudo brothers were presidents of 2 local street gangs, some in law-enforcement circles have dubbed the case "Dead Presidents." Another defendant in the case, John Adrian Ramirez, 34, recently took a plea bargain. A fourth man, Froylan Chiprez, 33, remains a fugitive.Manuel Mendoza
Convicted and sentenced to Death in the Feb 7, 1986 Rape/Murder of Mary Frances Litovich. The jury found true allegations that defendant inflicted great bodily injury on a person over the age of 60 years during the commission of the residential robbery, the forcible rape, the arson, and the murder. The jury also found true the special circumstance allegations that defendant committed the murder during the commission of robbery, rape, and arson.Martin Mendoza
Convicted and sentenced to Death for the 1996 murders of his two stepchildren and niece. He was also convicted of the attempted murders of his brother-in-law and nephew and two sheriff’s deputies, but the jury deadlocked on a charge that he attempted to murder his son.
Prosecutors said Mendoza followed his wife and family—including his wife’s two children from a previous relationship and the couple’s three children—after they left the family home in Carson City, Nev. and went to her brother’s home in the San Bernardino County community of Landers. There, he confronted his and his brother-in-law’s families with a semi-automatic handgun during early morning hours as the children were preparing to go to school. Sheriff’s deputies were summoned and a standoff ensued, resulting in an exchange of gunfire before Mendoza was apprehended trying to flee the house.
When deputies entered, they found the victim’s stepdaughter, Sandra Resendes, dead in a pool of blood. Wendy Cervantes, the defendant’s niece, and Eric Resendes, his stepson, had been shot and died before emergency personnel arrived. Witnesses testified that Mendoza was upset that his wife left him, and that he blamed his 13-year-old stepdaughter. Mendoza had previously been arrested for domestic battery after Sandra said he hit her several times with a belt to punish her for not helping him wash his car. The defendant’s wife, Rocio Cervantes, testified that she left the defendant because Sandra said Mendoza had been molesting her. Ronald Mendoza
Convicted and sentenced to Death in 1997 for the first-degree murder of Officer Daniel Fraembs.
A throng of Pomona police officers that filled the courtroom and spilled out to the hallway erupted in loud cheers, stood, then applauded after the sentence was read.
Fraembs, 37, was shot in the face after stopping Mendoza, a gang member, and two friends walking with him on a Pomona street May 11, 1996.
Prosecutors said Mendoza, on parole for burglary and beating up a school police officer, shot Fraembs because he feared being sent back to prison.Justin Merriman
Convicted and sentenced to Death in 2001 for the 1992 rape and murder of Santa Monica College student Katrina Montgomery.Kurt Michaels
Convicted and sentenced to death in the murder of JoAnn Clemons, 41, in her Escondido apartment Oct. 2, 1988. The jury found that Michaels murdered for financial gain, after lying in wait and during a robbery and a burglary. In sentencing Michaels to death, Judge J. Morgan Lester said Michaels and his girlfriend believed they could profit from a $100,000 life insurance policy. Lester noted that Michaels was heard saying, "Now we can kill the old lady and get the money." Christina Clemons was convicted of second-degree murder. She was released from the California Youth Authority when she turned 25. Popik was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. A third man who drove the getaway car, Joseph Paulk, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 15 years and four months in prison.Michelle Lyn Michaud
Couple accused of abducting, raping and murdering a 22-year-old Pleasanton woman in a minivan rigged for torture was sentenced to death Wednesday. James Daveggio, 41, and his then-girlfriend Michelle Michaud, 43, kidnapped Vanessa Lei Samson in December 1997. The Sacramento couple kept Samson inside their minivan, rigged with hooks and ropes, where they repeatedly tortured her with curling irons while driving east toward the Sierra Nevada. A motorist found Samson's body two days later, face down in the snow, about 30 feet down a embankment alongside a road in Alpine County. She had been strangled. Andrew Mickel
Convicted and sentenced to Death in 2005 for the Murder of Officer David Mobilio
At 1:27 a.m. on Nov. 19, 2002, Officer David Mobilio of the Red Bluff Police Department was working the graveyard shift when he pulled his cruiser into a gas station in his quiet little farm town. As he stood beside the car, the 31-year-old husband and father of a toddler was shot three times, twice in the back and once in the head, at very close range. Andrew Mickel, accused of killing California police officer David Mobilio, says he incorporated as "Proud and Insolent Youth."Beside Mobilio's dead body, someone left a handmade flag with a picture of a snake's head and the words "Don't Tread on Us."
A well-chosen spot for an ambush. That is what investigators later concluded, especially when they learned the suspected assailant had Army Ranger training. A lonely crossroads. Poorly lit. No station attendant on duty. No witnesses. It was a killing that might have never been solved.
That is, until a confession appeared on the Internet.Douglas Mickey
Convicted by a San Mateo County jury of the 1980 first degree murders of Eric Hanson and Catherine Blount. He was sentenced on September 23, 1983 to death for both murders.Denny Mickle
Mickle molested and fatally stabbed a 12-year-old girl and set her motel room on fire. Denny Mickle, then 27, had been sharing the motel room with the girl's parents, who left him alone with her one day in February 1983 while they visited a sick relative. The nude body of the girl, identified by the court as Lashan K., was found that night on the motel room floor after the fire. Johnny Duane Miles
Blood tests have linked Johnny Duane Miles, 25, to at least three after-hour robberies, rapes and one murder in offices from San Bernardino to Los Angeles. The Feb 4, 1992 murder and rape of Nancy Willem, a 35-year-old rape counselor, occurred in Rialto CA.Jeffrey Jon Mills
Convicted and sentenced to Death in the 1994 Rape/Murder of Sherri Farrar.
The California Supreme Court yesterday unanimously upheld the death sentence imposed for the rape and murder of a Sacramento woman.
Rejecting claims that Sacramento Superior Court Judge James L. Long allowed racial bias in jury selection and showed a pro-death-penalty bias in his rulings on challenges to potential jurors, the court upheld Jeffery Jon Mills’ convictions and sentence for the murder, rape, sodomy and sexual penetration of Sherri Farrar.
The 21-year-old Farrar was found dead 16 years ago this month, naked and with her throat slit, along a road less than four miles from a warehouse where the defendant worked. The victim had worked at the warehouse in the past, and her grandmother was working there that night.
Argument With Boyfriend
Testimony established that Farrar had an argument with her boyfriend earlier, got out of his car, and walked off in the direction of the warehouse. Mills, who was linked to the crime through fingerprints on various objects at the scene, eventually admitted to striking the fatal blow but claimed the sex was consensual.
He said Farrar became angry at something he said, cursed at him, and told him she had AIDS. At that, he claimed, he "just exploded and I jumped at her," stabbing her with a Swiss Army knife he kept on a keychain.
He admitted he then got rid of his bloody clothes, knife, and other physical evidence. He acknowledged prior convictions for auto theft, false personation, possession of marijuana, and residential burglary. (Updated 3/3/10)Bruce Millsap
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge J.D. Smith said Bruce Millsap, 33, and Kendrick Loot, 28, deserved execution because of the cruelty and callousness they showed during their yearlong rampage, including shooting armored car drivers without giving them a chance to hand over the money.
"These are super predators, whose actions were completely bereft of any understanding or compassion for human life," Deputy Dist. Atty. Anthony Myers said after the sentencing hearing. "In the end, justice will be achieved when . . . they are executed."
Millsap was sentenced to eight death sentences plus 200 years for first-degree murders of eight people. Loot got one death sentence plus two life sentences for his role in three murders.
Millsap may also face charges that he tried to hire someone to kill Myers, along with Deputy Dist. Atty. Kevin McCormick and two witnesses in the case.
Loot faces another murder trial in Riverside County.
Under state law, the men's sentences of death by lethal injection will automatically be appealed.
Both men were found guilty of the Nov. 30, 1995, robbery-murder of armored car driver Fernando Herrera in the Queen City Bank in Long Beach, the Feb. 9, 1996, robbery-murder of armored car driver James Moon at a Carson school and the Nov. 15, 1995, murder of Ramone McKissick, who was shot by Millsap as Loot was driving.
Millsap was also convicted last month of five other murders and on 15 counts of robbery and attempted murder in communities across Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties.
Loot also was convicted on several counts of attempted murder, robbery and attempted robbery.
Loot's attorney, Richard LaPan, said his client should not have been sentenced to death because he did not actually pull the trigger to kill any of the victims.
But LaPan also said that his client had said he would rather die by lethal injection than spend his life in prison.
LaPan said he would appeal his client's case anyway because Loot might change his mind in a month. "I think his life is worth saving, and even if I didn't, it's my duty anyway," the attorney said.
A third man, Richard Colston, a former accomplice who testified against Loot and Millsap, awaits trial on four murder charges and could face the death penalty if convicted.
A fourth accomplice, Emanuel Brown, hanged himself in his jail cell when he learned he would have to stand trial.Donald Millwee
Convicted and sentenced to Death in the 1986 murder of his mother Esta Millwee. In the kitchen, defendant’s father found Esta’s body sprawled on a stool
that was tipped and leaning backwards against the counter. She had been shot once in the forehead and was cold to the touch. She was wearing an apron and
plastic gloves, and a mop was lying on the floor nearby. A ceramic decoration that usually hung from a kitchen cabinet was lying broken in the pathway leading past
the kitchen and between the sliding glass door and the living room. Bryan Mincey
Mincey was convicted of fatally beating 5-year-old James Brown, his girlfriends son, in the San Bernadino county town of Fontana on Dec. 23, 1983.Joshua Martin Miracle
Date of crime: October 2004
Miracle killed opposing gang member Elias Silva by stabbing him 48 times. He pled guilty to murder and to the enhancements that made him eligible for the death penalty. He represented himself and refused to present any mitigating circumstances or give a closing argument. He commented that he did not give his victim the chance to present any mitigating evidence, so he did not feel he should be given the right. Prosecution showed jury a videotape of Miracle fighting with correction officers and presented evidence in which Miracle states he will continue fighting officers until he kills them all or they kill him.Adam MirandaVictor Guerrerro-Miranda
Convicted and sentenced to Death in 2003 for attacking Bridgette Ballas on November 27, 1999.
Prosecutors said Ballas, 29, was walking home from a night out with friends when Miranda-Guerrero attacked, slammed her head on the pavement and raped her. Ballas died at a hospital two days later.
Miranda-Guerrero was convicted of the special circumstance of murder during a rape and receiving stolen property, as well as kidnapping, attempted carjacking and assault with the intent to commit rape in three different cases.
Miranda-Guerrero, who carried a Bible under his arm as he entered the courthouse today, had previously told police he raped Ballas after she fell and hit her head on the curbside.
Defense attorneys hinted during the trial that Miranda-Guerrero had brain damage from his work in Mexico, where he made belts with glue in a poorly ventilated room. Stephan Louis Mitcham
The evidence at trial established that on April 5, 1983, defendant committed a robbery at Ormond's Jewelry Store, and that during the robbery he murdered the proprietor, James Ormond, and attempted to murder Yvette Williams, a store employee. The evidence also established that codefendant Keith Hammond drove the getaway car after the robbery and murder.Louis Mitchell Jr.
Date of crime: August 5, 2005
Mitchell, a gang member, was convicted of murdering three men and injuring three others. Mitchell killed two victims at a car dealership, then went to an apartment complex to kill the third victim. Defense did not argue Mitchell committed the shootings at the dealership, but did present rebuttal witnesses for the apartment complex shootings. During sentencing defense argued Mitchell had a troubled background and PCP in his system that prevented him from knowing right and wrong. Defense counsel also claimed the all white jury would be conducting “whitey’s justice” if they presented a death sentence. Carl Molano
Convicted and sentenced to Death in 2008. Molano convictedof strangling Suzanne McKenna with her panties, bra and a leather shoelace from a moccasin in her Hayward home on June 16, 1995.
According to Alameda County Deputy District Attorney James Meehan, authorities didn't have any leads in the case until May of 2001, when Molano's ex-wife, Brenda Molano, came forward with information that implicated him in the death of McKenna, a neighbor who worked as a waitress at a Carrows restaurant in Castro Valley.Christian Monterroso
Convicted AND sentenced to Death by an Orange County jury of the 1991 murders of Tarsem Singh and Ashokkumar Patel.Joseph Manuel MontesRichard Montiel
Crime date: Jan. 13, 1979
Gregorio Ante, 78, was the patriarch of a large extended family when he was murdered in his own home in east Bakersfield. The father and grandfather used a cane and a walker to get around. "This was a deliberate, brutal killing of a helpless old man, committed for financial gain," then Superior Court Judge Marvin E. Ferguson told Richard Galvan Montiel before sentencing him to death for the second time in 1986. Richard Moon
Moon was convicted in 1991 of the first degree murders of Rose and Melitta Greig at their Walnut home. Moon, who was Melitta Greig’s former boyfriend, admitted killing her and her mother, and also admitted taking money and checks, as well as one of the family’s automobiles.Charles Edward Moore Jr.
Convicted and sentenced to Death for the 1977 double murder of Robert and Hattie Crumb.
On July 22, 1983, the California Superior Court, where Moore's case was to be tried, appointed
an attorney to represent Moore. The case was set for trial on March 5, 1984. On that date, the prosecutor and defense counsel appeared before the Master Calendar Court and asked for a continuance, which the court granted until March 9, 1984. Moore was not present in the
courtroom. On March 9, the case was continued to March 16, 1984. Again, Moore was not
present. Sentenced to Death in 1984.Ronald Moore
Convicted and sentenced to Death for the 1998 murder of 11yr old Kathleen Carnahan during a burglary.Moore nearly decapitated her as she interrupted the burglary as she arrived home from school.Joseph Adam Mora
Jurors recommended the death penalty for two bandits who murdered a pair of Long Beach criminal justice students who had been helping a stranded motorist. Reuben Rangel, 23, and Joseph Adam Mora, 23, are due to be sentenced March 18 for the Aug. 24, 1997, slayings. Anthony Urrutia and Andy Encinas were shot to death in a car about 3:20 a.m., after dropping off a woman at her Compton home, prosecutors contended.Alfonso Ignacio Morales
DATE OF OFFENSE: 07/12/2002
DATE OF SENTENCE: 08/23/2005
A family of 4 were found stabbed to death in their home near Whittier, Ca. Jasmine Ruiz (
was sexually assaulted before being killed. Alfonso Ignacio Morales was arrested July 15 2002.
Victims Miguel Ruiz; his wife, Maritza Trejo; their 8-year-old daughter, Jasmine; and Ruiz's grandmother, Ana MartinezJohnny Morales
Johnny Morales, a honduran immigrant, killed Elia Torres Lopez while her four horrified children listened from a nearby room with a shot through the chest with an assault rifle during a home invasion robbery on 09/09/2001.Michael Morales
Convicted of the 1981 rape and murder of Terri Winchell, a 17-year-old Lodi high school student. He was sentenced to death in 1983. His execution has been on hold pending a legal challenge to California's lethal injection protocol.Valdamir Fred Morelos
Was convicted of raping and killing a man in a Santa Clara County drug dispute.Edward Patrick Morgan
In the early morning hours of Friday, May 20, 1994, defendant pulled and then dragged
23-year-old Leanora Wong to the far end of an enclosed area in the parking lot of Bergen
Brunswig Corporation, a company located behind theAustralian Beach Club (the Club) in
the city of Orange. The two had met for the first time in the Club that night. Once
defendant and Wong were inside the enclosure, defendant twice inserted a sharp
serrated object into Wong’s genital area, choked or strangled her, hit her head against
concrete, and beat her repeatedly. Wong went into traumatic shock and died due to a combination
of all of her injuries and the loss of blood. Sentenced to Death 1996.Allen Jesse Morrison
Morrison, 35, was convicted of robbing and shooting to death Cesar Cardenas, a 22-year-old amateur boxer, in Cardenas' home and of the attempted murder of his sister, Lourdes Cardenas, 24, in May of 1989. Morrison scored 76 on an IQ test. Morrison was convicted on the basis of a witness ID and a fingerprint at the victim's home. He turned himself in after seeing his case featured on America's Most Wanted. One unarmed accomplice was sentenced to four years in state prison; a 15-year-old accomplice was convicted of first-degree murder in juvenile court and served a term in CYA. Michael Berry, who was 10 years older and a role model for Morrison, got life without parole.Barry Mosley
Convicted and sentenced to Death 10/o8 in the murders of Shirley Austin and her 17-year-old daughter, Bessie "Mooney" Carter, in 1999. He killed Adrienne Reed a year later.
Mosley also raped Carter, Reed and her then-8-year-old daughter, who survived the attack
and testified against Mosley.
The jurors, including some who came to today's sentencing, convicted Mosley on Aug. 19 of
three counts of murder and seven special circumstances for the slayings, as well as burglary
and rape charges.
In the first crime, Mosley went to Austin's home on West 95th Street in the early morning of
April 17, 1999, after a night of drinking. The two were friends.
The bodies of Austin, 54, and Mooney were found just after dawn by the teenager's father.
Mosley killed Reed, 29, the same night he befriended her at a mini-mart and was invited to her
home to watch a Los Angeles Lakers game in June 2000.
Reed's young daughter woke up in the middle of the night to find her mother nude on the
living room floor and Mosley sitting nearby on a couch. Mosley got angry when the girl
asked him to help wake up her mom. John Mungia
Convicted and sentenced to death in 1997 for the April 12, 1994 murder of 73-year-old Alma
Franklin three years earlier. Franklin died from 23 blows to the head after her home was ransacked. Mungia, who moved in with his sister across the street from the victim after being released from
prison—he had previously been convicted of three robberies and a burglary—was seen driving
Franklin’s car, which was later recovered in Santa Ana, not far from the home of Mungia’s aunt.
Mungia’s fingerprints were found on the car’s bumper, and Franklin’s phone records revealed that somebody called Mungia’s aunt about the time she was last seen alive. Police who questioned Mungia said they observed scratches on the defendant’s body, and that he falsely told them he was in his trailer the night of the murder, that he had never been in Franklin’s house and never touched her car, and that he did not know anyone in Santa Ana.David Leslie Murtishaw
Crime date: April 9, 1978
James Lee Henderson, 24, of Murrieta; Martha Bernice Soto, 22, and Ingrid M. Etayo, 22, both of Los Angeles, were all shot to death from ambush by David Leslie Murtishaw. They had been making a student film in the Mojave Desert. Lance Buflo, Soto's 22-year-old husband, was the lone survivor. He was wounded in the hand. Henderson, a senior at the University of La Verne in Pomona, was described by a friend at the time as a "happy-go-lucky guy," good-looking and independent of spirit. His parents accepted their son's bachelor's degree less than three months after the triple murder. Students at La Verne dedicated a book of poetry and planted a tree in his memory. Soto had been a student at Pepperdine University in Malibu for two years, but dropped out in December 1977. Etayo, described as bright and full of anticipation, was to start post-graduate studies in economics. John Myles