A man accused of double murder in 1985 was not eligible to be sentenced to death due to intellectual disability and was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.
“The death penalty has been proven not to prevent crime, has a history of racial prejudice, and is financially irresponsible,” The District Attorney Gascon said in a statement on August 31. “The death sentence imposed on this mentally disabled person more than 30 years ago has now been corrected to life imprisonment without parole.”
On September 30, 1985, Michelle Boyd, an 18-year-old freshman at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Brian Harris, a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of California, Northridge, were kidnapped in Westwood when Stanley Bernard Davis hijacked and murdered them.
Two Southern California college students were found shot in the head in Dr. Mulholland’s field.
The jury found Davis guilty of murder, robbery, and kidnapping of students, and was sentenced to death in 1989.
In 2003, Davis sought an appeal for his conviction in 1989 to abolish the death penalty. He submitted more than 200 documents proving that he met the legal standards for intellectual disability; therefore, he was not eligible to be sentenced to death.
On August 31, Davis’ fate changed after nearly 30 years, and the prosecutor approved his intellectual disability claim. Davis was dissatisfied with life without the possibility of parole.
“The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has been in contact with the families of the victims and is providing any and all services because we ensure that justice is done in this case.”
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times