A long-standing murder case came to a bleak end Friday with a 34-year-old Carson man sentenced to death for the slashing deaths of his elderly cousins.
Anthony Deondrea Cain was convicted in October on all counts for the 2004 murders of Lamar and Ernestine Matthews, both 75, of Cerritos. The bloodied bodies of the husband and wife were both found in February of that year in separate rooms of the two-story house where they had planned on spending their retirement years. Cain, who was 28 at the time, became the primary suspect when investigators discovered he had cashed a $6,000 check from the Matthews' bank account the day before they were stabbed to death. Investigators learned that the couple had helped Cain with money and other assistance several times prior to their slaying and the death of the pair shocked friends and family and stunned the normally peaceful neighborhood where they lived. The pair had worked their entire lives with youths in Compton, where they also lived for many years. Ernestine taught in the Compton Unified School District and Lamar was a probation officer. Both were extremely active philanthropists in the community where they had dedicated so much of their hard work and time, friends and family said at the time of their deaths.
Cain's October conviction for their murders, which included two counts of robbery and two counts of first-degree murder that include special circumstances, made him eligible for the death penalty and jurors sentenced him to death during the penalty phase of the trial last November.
Norwalk Superior Court Judge Dewey Falcone agreed with that sentence, formally condemning the convicted killer to the death chamber Friday morning.
After the sentencing, Cain was remanded to state custody, where he will await a series of appeals. He has been in custody since his arrest in March 2004.
Sentenced to death 1/15/10.Tracy Dearl Cain
Convicted and sentenced to Death in 1988 for fatally bludgeoning his neighbors, William and Modena Galloway. Cain ran out of money while having a cocaine party and broke into their Oxnard home, where William Galloway, 63, was known to keep large sums of cash. Cain beat the couple to death with a rocking chair and took their money.Mickey Cage
Micky Cage was sentenced to death for murdering his estranged wife's 16-year-old brother and 50-year-old mother in Moreno Valley. Adrian George Camacho
Date of crime: June 2003
Camacho killed rookie police office Tony Zeppetella during a routine traffic stop. Camacho had a loaded gun and drugs in the car and feared he would be deported for the third time if discovered. Zeppetella was wearing a bullet-proof vest, but Camacho shot him 13 times, including one shot with the officer’s own gun. Afterwards, Camacho fled in the officer’s car and ran to the home of his mother-in-law, where he slit his wrists. Defense tried to show that the suicide attempt was Camacho showing how remorseful he was, thus his life should be spared. Defense also said Camacho was mentally ill from years of heroin use and was not aware of his actions.Lee Samuel Capers
Date of crime: Nov. 10, 1998
Nathanial and Consuelo Young were murdered while Capers robbed their convenience store. Nathaniel was shot numerous times in the head, and Consuelo was raped and beaten to death. Capers then set their bodies on fire. . Capers was serving 23 years in jail for gang crimes at the time of the arrest for the murders. Prosecution presented testimony that Capers had brought a handmade knife to the trial in order to stab a witness. Letters written by Capers to the district attorney were read, in which Capers asked for the death penalty. No mitigating evidence was presented. The jury deliberated for less than one hour before recommending death.John Leo CapistranoPaul Joe Carasi
Convicted and sentenced to Death of the murders of Doris Carasi and Sonia Salinas. Carisi murdered the victims because he believed they were trying to keep him from his son, and because he could not
afford to pay court-ordered child support to Sonia in his debt-ridden state.Refugio Ruben Cardenas
DATE OF OFFENSE:Oct. 19, 2003
DATE OF SENTENCE: Feb. 2007
CRIME: Refugio Ruben Cardenas used a sawed-off shotgun to shoot
Gerardo Cortez, 19, of Bakersfield and Jorge Montes, 25, of Visalia on
Oct. 19, 2003. Cortez, shot in the head, died at the scene; Montes, shot in the chest,
spent a month in the hospital. Cardenas thought Cortez, Montes and three others were rival gang members, said Shani Engum, a supervising district attorney. He fired at another man but missed.Dewayne Michael Carey
On April 19, 1995, Billy Campbell found his wife, Ernestine, dead in the hallway of their home in Harbor City in Southern California. Ernestine’s body was in an upright position at the bottom of the staircase; her hands were tied to the handrail. She had been stabbed to death, and many items of property had been stolen from the home. On the morning of the murder, defendant was aeen leaving the Campbell home, and he was later connected to property stolen from the Campbells. After his arrest, defendant confessed to killing Ernestine Campbell.Fernando Caro
On August 25, 1980, while employed at the plant, Fernando Eros Caro was arrested for the murder of two white victims. Fernando pled not guilty to the crimes. He was not allowed to testify during the guilt or penalty phases of his trial. The jury sentenced him to death.Socorro Caro
Socorro Caro, according to testimony by several witnesses, including her husband Dr. Xavier Caro, had violently attacked her husband or others on eight occasions prior to the night of November 22, 1999, when she shot and killed three of her four sons. In these previous incidents Ms. Caro had used weapons and the element of surprise to her advantage, and had caused several injuries, including serious eye damage to her husband. David Joseph Carpenter
In 1961, at age thirty-three, David started demonstrating his psychotic tendencies when he attacked a woman with a hammer. After a stint in jail, a prison break, and another stint in jail, he came out a reformed man. In 1978 he relocated to San Francisco to work in a print shop. By August 1979 he was back to his old tricks. He started killing mostly women in hiking trails in Tamalpais State Park in San Francisco. He cruelly shot and stabbed his victims as they knelt and pled for their lives. By the end of 1980, after six murders by the "Trailside Killer," authorities linked him with the Zodiac Killer. By 1981 he had moved his hunting grounds to trails as far away as Santa Cruz. In May 1, 1981, police went to the print shop to investigate the whereabouts of Heather Scaggs, his ninth victim, who disappeared after he gave her a ride home from work. There they recognized him from the "Trailside Killer" police sketches and arrested him. Evidence linked him to the some of the murder weapons and the murder of another woman who he knew.Robert Carrasco
Robert Carrasco was convicted of murdering George Camacho in December 1994 after losing his shift at Ross Swiss dairy in Los Angeles to Camacho. Being sent back to the afternoon shift instead of being allowed to work nights would limit his hours working a day job at a body shop, costing Carrasco over $9,000 a month, prosecutors said. So he shot Camacho nine times in the dairy's parking lot.
Carrasco was also found guilty of robbing and murdering a drug dealer in Encino less than a year after Camacho. After selling Alan Friedman 2 kilograms of cocaine, Carrasco shot him eight times so he could keep the money and the drugs.Celeste Carrington
Convicted aond sentenced to Death in the 1992 execution-style murders of Victor Esparza in San Carlos and Caroline Gleason in Palo Alto during burglaries and the attempted murder of Dr. Allan Marks in Redwood City. She received the death sentence on November 23, 1994. Dean Phillip Carter
Carter was convicted and sentenced to death in 1991 for the April 1984 murder of Janette Cullins, 24, who was strangled and stuffed into a closet at her Pacific Beach apartment. A year earlier, he had been sentenced to death in Los Angeles Superior Court for the murders of three women in Los Angeles just days before Cullins was killed. Prosecutors in Alameda County initially charged Carter with an April 1984 Oakland murder as well, but dismissed that case after he was sentenced to death for the others, documents filed with the Supreme Court stated. Carter also was convicted of raping a woman in San Diego 18 days before Janette Cullins was strangled, and raping another woman. Police found items belonging to each of the murder victims in the car that Carter was driving when he was arrested in Arizona on April 17, 1984, and a bank surveillance video showed him withdrawing money from Janette Cullins' bank account the day her body was found, according to court documents. additional victims April10, 11, 1984: Tok Kim, Susan Knoll, Bonnie Guthrie, Jilliet Mills an at knifepoint in Ventura County on March 27, 1984, one of the Supreme Court opinions stated. Tracey Lavelle Carter
Convicted and sentenced to Death for the 1987 murder of David Thompson. Carter was also convicted, in a single trial, of the robbery of Thompson and his wife, the murder and attempted robbery of another man near 73rd and Hoover streets about an hour after the Thompson slaying, and the attempted robbery and attempted murder of another man in the later incident. Witnesses said Carter and two other men accosted Thompson, a 27-year-old elder of a Tustin church, as he was trying to telephone for help for a disabled church bus. He was robbed of $30 and shot in the head at the corner of Broadway and Slauson. Namora Thompson, who identified Carter at trial, said the men took $10 from her purse, pushed her out of the family’s car and sped away in it. The car was recovered later in another part of the city, and David Thompson’s wallet was recovered from a storm drain after one of Carter’s accomplices admitted to police he had thrown it there. Jose Luperso Casares
Jose Luperso Casares, 39, Tulare County On Death Row since 1992 Convicted of shooting Guadalupe Sanchez in the back of the head after a robbery in March 1989. Casares was involved in a drug deal near Ivanhoe in rural Tulare County and had intended to rob Sanchez, his cocaine connection.Charles Edward Case
Sentenced to death 10/25/1998. He was called the "Midday Rapist".
Case was convicted of the 1993 Father's Day murder and robbery of 71-year-old Val Lorraine Manuel. We can´t find the name of the second victim until now.
Case herded the bartender Val Lorraine Manuel and her customer into the rural bar's bathroom sometime after 8 p.m., then shot them both to death execution-style. Gabriel Castaneda
Was sentenced to death for the March 30,1998 murder of X--ray technician Colleen Kennedy , 40, of Fontana. Castaneda, was a native of El Monte who lives in Ontario when he was arrested.
Kennedy, her hands bound with a shoelace behind her back and a tube sock stuffed in her mouth, was stabbed in the neck more than two dozen times with a Phillips screwdriver. Her carotid artery and jugular vein were severed. “This cut off the blood flow to her brain, and this caused her to die,” said Monclair Police Detective Roger Rice.Steven David Catlin
Convicted and sentenced to Death in 1990 for the poisoning deaths of his fourth wife, Joyce Catlin, in 1976, and his adoptive mother, Martha Catlin, in 1984. He was sentenced to life in prison by a Monterey County jury in 1986 for the murder of his fifth wife, Glenna Kaye Catlin.
Each of the victims died from ingesting paraquat, a highly toxic weed killer that, until 1984, was sold in an odorless and tasteless form. Edward Charles III
DATE OF OFFENSE:November 1994
DATE OF SENTENCE:October 1998
VICTIM: Edward Charles II, Dolores Charles, Danny Charles
CRIME: Authorities say Charles killed his family in November 1994 after they had dinner together at home in the Sunny Hills neighborhood of Fullerton. The motive was not clear, but prosecutors say Charles--a college dropout working as a mechanic--was jealous of his younger brother, Danny, a 19-year-old USC music student. Officials say he also felt rejected by his parents, Dolores, 47, and Edward Charles II, 55. He stabbed his brother and later--perhaps after discovering the attack was not fatal--struck him several times with a large wrench, according to evidence introduced during his trial. Later that evening, Charles bludgeoned his father, a Hughes Aircraft engineer, with a blunt instrument and strangled his mother. Police found all three bodies in a burning car in La Mirada.Erik Sanford Chatman
On October 7, 1987, defendant stabbed Rosellina Lo Bue to death at a Photo Drive-Up store in San Jose. He stabbed Lo Bue 51 times and took cash from the store. The only eyewitness was defendant’s son, Mario, then two and a half years old.Steven Cheatham
Convicted and sentenced to Death in the murder of two people, including a 14-year-old girl shot while crouching outside a Compton market. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated for about a day before recommending Thursday that Steven Dewayne Cheatham be sentenced to death. Cheatham was convicted last week of two counts of first-degree murder. The charges involved the slaying of 14-year-old Elvira Ramirez in 2001 and the murder of Phillip Ovalle in 1998. Sentenced to Death in 2008.Run Peter Chhoun
Convicted and sentenced to Death in the 1995 murders of Nghiep Thich Le, 48, and his father, Hung Dieu Le, 73, of Sacramento during a home invasion robbery; and Miguel Vargas Avina, 20, of Pomona.
Authorities have said Avina was shot because Chhoun and Pan mistakenly thought he was a rival gang member.Calvin Dion Chism
Was sentenced to death for killing a popular and friendly liquor store clerk during the commission of an attempted robbery in 2001. After the shooting, authorities said, Chism panicked and ran out of the store without taking anything.Kenneth Clair
Convicted and sentenced to Death in the Nov. 15, 1984 murder of Linda Rogers in nearby Santa Ana.
Sentenced to Death in 1987.Douglas Clark
In the summer of 1980 Hollywood, California, was under the siege of a serial killer. Preying on blonde prostitutes and hunting primarily on famed Sunset Strip, which earned him the nickname "The Sunset Strip Slayer", Douglas Clark coerced his girlfriend Carol Bundy to pick up the women and bring them to him. He then would strike a deal for oral sex and during the act shoot them through the head and engage in sexual acts with their dead bodies. The killings began with a pair of teenage step-sisters, Gina Marano and Cynthia Chandler. They were found dead on June 12. On June 24 Exxie Wilson and Karen Jones were found seperately, Wilson with her head cut off and placed in a box in the driveway of a house close by. Clark had taken Wilson's head home with him so he could engage in oral sex with it, Bundy later claimed. Clark soon murdered Marnette Coomer, 17, and a woman who was never identified in what would prove to be his last known kill. The bloodshed didn't end completely with the young women. Bundy's former boyfriend, John Robert Murray confided in her that he suspected Clark could be the Sunset Strip Slayer, apparently never thinking that if he was, Bundy might be involved. Clark's twisted accomplice took matters into her own hands and killed Murray. His headless torso was later found in his own van but his missing skull was never discovered. Bundy soon found she couldn't keep her own mouth in check however, and confided to a friend that she was heavily involved in the string of murders. The friend predictably called the police and the murderous duo were quickly arrested on August 11. Bundy confessed her involvement in the crimes, pleading guilty to the murder of Murray, and became the key witness at Clark's January 1983 trial. Clark was found guilty on six counts of murder and On February 11 was sentenced to death. Bundy recieved prison terms of twenty-seven years to life and twenty-five years to life which were to run consecutively.Richard Dean Clark
Date of crime: 7/19/1985
Date of sentence: 12/18/1987
Judgment affirmed: 8/30/1993 http://goo.gl/SGSb
[case in federal court for 7 years and yet not one damn opinion by a federal court]
Convicted of the rape and murder of Rosie Grover. Rosie Grover was raped, stabbed with a sharpened screwdriver, and repeatedly bludgeoned about the face and neck with two pieces of concrete. Rosie Grover was a 15-year-old high school student at the time of her death. On July 19, 1985, she took a Greyhound bus that left San Francisco around midnight and arrived in Ukiah around 4 a.m. After unsuccessfully attempting to obtain a ride home from the bus depot, she began to walk home. Her body was found the next morning in the rocky, dry bed of Doolan Creek. Clark admitted to killing her but claimed it wasn't intentional. Prior criminal record. While in custody, defendant displayed a boastful cocky attitude about the murderRoyal Clark Jr.
Sentenced to death for the 01/27/1991 murder of 14-year-old Laurie Farkas and the attempted murder f her 15-year-old-girlfriend whose body was found badly beaten. He strangled both girls.William Clinton Clark
Sentenced to death for the murder of two women, one in 1991 while allegedly attempting a robbery at a Fountain Valley computer store, and the second in 1991 while cov¬ering his tracks.Delano Leroy Cleveland
Delano Cleveland was sentenced to death on 12/19/1991 for the muders of Anthony Quinn Nelson, 30, and Charles Hunter, 26, Jurors voted to condemn Cleveland, in the deaths of the reputed drug dealers. The pair were shot execution style as they knelt in front of a mirror in a room of the motel at 2470 S. Garey Ave.Herbert J. Coddington
Convicted and sentenced to death for the murders of Maybelle Martin and Dorothy Walsh. On May 16, 1987, two teenaged models and their elderly female chaperones were reported missing after they failed to return from a trip to Lake Tahoe, on the California-Nevada border, for production of an anti-drug video program. Missing were: Maybelle Martin, 69, operator of the Showcase Finishing and Modeling School in Reno, Nevada; her friend Dorothy Walsh, 67; model Alecia Thoma, 14, of Reno; and model Monica Berge, age 12, from nearby Sparks. A three-day search by fifty law enforcement officers, including agents of the FBI, centered on Lake Tahoe, where local girls had complained of a "weird" man who tried to recruit them for anti-drug video projects. One of the girls was suspicious enough to record the man's license plate number, a detail which led investigators to the rural home of Herbert Coddington.Cynthia Lynn Coffman
Convicted with James Gregory Marlow of kidnapping, sodomizing, robbing and murdering Corinna Novis in San Bernardino County and Lynel Murray in Orange County in 1986. She was sentenced to die on August 31, 1989. Tecumseh Colbert
Convicted and sentenced to Death 12/08 for the murders of banker Robert McCamey in southeast San Diego on Oct. 29, 2004, and killing Richard Hammes on Nov. 10 at Prime Market Liquor in the beach area.Stephen Cole
Convicted and sentenced to Death in the 1988 murder of Mary Ann Mahoney. Cole poured gasoline on the victim and set her on fire.Scott Forrest Collins
Sentenced to death for the 1992 murder of a 41 year old man in Los Angeles.
Collins was found guilty of the murder of Fred D. Rose, 41, a construction supervisor who lived with his family in Valencia. He was abducted in Palmdale and forced to accompany his killer to the San Fernando Valley, where he was shot in the back of the head.
In closing arguments the prosecution said that since the age of 16, Collins had been in and out of jail and always had a violent streak.
Blaming a dysfunctional relationship with his mother, Collin’s lawyer, Bruce Hill, pleaded for a lenient sentence. But in 1996, just one day after Christmas, Collins was brought to death row in the famous San Quentin State Penitentiary.Michael Steven Combs
Convicted and sentenced to Death in the 1990 murder of Janine Lee. Prosecutors said Combs tricked Lee into driving him and his co-defendant, Cynthia Purcell—who was tried separately—to Calico Ghost Town. A week after the killing, Combs and Purcell were arrested in Arizona after they had an accident while driving Lee’s car. Combs confessed, saying he strangled Lee from the back seat and stole her car, as he had planned to do all along. George Lopez Contreras
Convicted of the 1994 shooting death of a Visalia-area grocery store owner.Joseph Lloyd Cook
Convicted and sentenced to Death for murdering an octogenarian Joshua Tree couple while burglarizing their home in 1992. Cook, who had worked for the victims, was implicated after he sold some of the victims’ property to his brother and was seen standing near their car, which was driven away after they were murdered. Cook’s palm print was found on the vehicle, and blood splatter consistent with that of one of the victims was found on his shoe. Michael Cook
Sentenced to Death in 2008. Convicted and sentenced to Death in 2 1998 murders. Florence Mash, 84, burned to death in her trailer in the Date Palm Mobile Home Park on Jan. 24, 1998, and 86-year-old Lucille Quigley died in similar circumstances in her trailer at the Desert Shadows RV Park on April 22 of that year.Walter Joseph Cook III
Convicted and sentenced to Death in the 1992 murders of Ernest Sadler, Michael Bettancourt, and Ronald Morris.Kevin Cooper
In June 1983 in Chino Hills, Ca., Douglas and Peggy Ryen and their 10-year old daughter, Jessica, were killed in the master bedroom of their home. Christopher Hughes (11), a neighbor, was also killed. Joshua Ryen (
survived despite serious wounds. Kevin Cooper, who escaped from Chino prison on June 2, was arrested 47 days later and was convicted for the murders in 1985 and faced execution. Cooper claimed he was innocent and called for DNA testing of the evidence in 2000. In 2003 an execution date of Feb 10, 2004, was set for Cooper. Cooper won a last minute reprieve on Feb 9 pending a re-examination of the case. In 2005 a federal judge upheld his death penalty.Leon Chauncey Cooper
Leon Chauncey Cooper, a convicted sex offender, was sentenced to death for the 1998 murder of his step-daughter La Rhonda Johnson, 15. He sexually assaulted her before the murder.Joseph Seferino Cordova
Sentenced to death in the 1979 killing of Cannie Bullock. He denied committing the crime. Cannie's mother left her alone at home on Aug. 24, 1979 to go drinking at bars. She returned early the next morning to find her daughter's lifeless body beneath a blanket in the backyard. Decades passed without prosecutors charging anyone with the crime until 2002 when investigators matched sexual assault DNA from the crime scene to Cordova's. He was serving a prison sentence in Colorado for child molestation.Glen Cornwell
Cornwell, a parolee released in September 1992 after serving eight years for eight armed robberies committed during a four-moonth period in 1983, was arrested for the June 1993 murder of William Reagan of Sacramento. Reagan was shot, according to witnesses, after he resisted turning over a briefcase full of cash in front of a check-cashing store owned by his girlfriend. Reagan often carried cash between the store and the bank, and witnesses said he was doing so the day he was shot. Daniel S. Covarrubias
Sentenced to die for the 1994 slaying of three members of a Salinas family. Robert Wesley Cowan
Crime date: Sept. 4, 1984
Clifford Merck, 75, and Alma Merck, 81, liked to putter around the house, took occasional fishing trips and looked forward to visits from their children. They were killed by Robert Wesley Cowan in their southeast Bakersfield home. Alma had four children by her first husband. Clifford had no children. They were married in the 1960s. Michael A. Cox
Cox was convicted and sentenced to Death in 1985 for the murders of Lynda Burrill, 18, and triplet sisters Debra and Denise Galston, 14, in July 1984, according to Bee coverage of his trial. The three girls disappeared from Placerville's Main Street. Their bodies were found at different locations in the Eldorado National Forest. El Dorado County District Attorney Ronald Tepper said Cox killed the girls to satisfy his "sadistic appetite."Tiequon Andrew Cox
Convicted and sentemced to Death in the August 1984 killings of Ebora Alexander, 58, her daughter and two grandsons in a South Central Los Angeles home. The victims were all relatives of former pro football player Kermit Alexander.Charles Edward Crawford
Sentenced to death in 2002 for the April, 15 1996 murder of the couple Evangeline Reyel and Mark Williams.Mark C. Crew
Convicted and sentenced to Death in the 1982 murder of his wife Nancy. Nancy Jo Wilhelmi Andrade was a nurse when she met Mark Crew in a bar in San Jose in 1981. They had a brief relationship that was re-kindled in May, 1982, shortly after Nancy bought a corvette to go on a cross country trip with her friend. Crew already had designs on Nancy's money since early 1982. He had talked to a friend, Richard Elander, about the possibility of killing Nancy during a cross country trip.
Richard Elander testified against Crew under immunity. He said that while still in San Jose, Nancy and Crew were talking on a hillside and he shot her in the back of the head and rolled her body into a ravine, covering it with blankets. The next evening Crew returned to the scene with a friend of his, Bruce Gant and saw the body had moved. Thinking she was still alive, Gant tried to strangle Nancy and break her neck, eventually cutting off her head. The two then put her body in a drum filled with cement and buried it in Gant's backyard. They put her head in a bucket and threw it off a bridge. He then sold the Corvette, with a forged signature. This was the turning point in the case.When he was eventually caught and charged with his wife's murder, he blamed it on the mafia. He told Lisa Moody that the Nancy had gone to the mafia to complain about him and they killed her instead. They then forced him to bury her in Gant's backyard. A search of Gant's backyard never revealed a body. The defense's case relied solely on the credibility of the witnesses and attacking the reputation of the dead woman. Additional evidence was introduced during the sentencing period from a cell mate of Crew's who testified that Crew told him Nancy's body was buried in an Orchard.Steven E. Crittenden
June 13, 1989
A former Cal State Chico football player was sentenced to death for the torture murders of a couple during a 1987 robbery. Steven Crittenden, 21, had been convicted by a jury in Auburn of murdering Dr. William Chiappella, 68, and his wife, Katherine, 67, who were bound and gagged, then stabbed and beaten in their Chico home. Placer County Superior Court Judge James Garbolino accepted the jury's recommendation that Crittenden be put to death, despite defense attorney Don Blake's contention that only one person had received the death penalty in six neighboring counties in recent years. James Crummel
Date of crime: 4/1979
Thirteen year old, Jamey Trotter, was kidnapped, sexually abused, and murdered. Crummel showed authorities to Trotter’s remains in 1990, claiming he just ran across the body while hiking. It took seven years for police to determine the remains were Trotter’s and to prove Crummel was the killer. Crummel sexually assaulted at least ten children in the past four decades, and was already sentenced to life in prison for his past molestation. The prosecution’s case presented circumstantial evidence and the testimony of a jailhouse informant. Gerald Dean Cruz
Convicted and sentenced to death for his role in 4 1991 murders. Jason LaMarsh lived in another trailer behind Vieira’s. Both trailers were behind Gerald Cruz’s house. Cruz was the leader of this group.
Tensions developed in The Camp because Franklin Raper, a man in his 50’s who lived there, sold drugs from his trailer. Raper also got into a dispute with a neighbor over an electricity bill. Cruz liked the neighbor and was angry at Raper. Tensions increased when Raper got into a fight with LaMarsh over charges that Raper had stolen one of LaMarsh’s guns. Raper moved away from the camp and into a house in Salida. Cruz met with Vieira, LaMarsh, Beck, Ron Willey, and Michelle Evans. Cruz made a plan for the group to go to Raper’s house and “do them all and leave no witnesses.” Cruz also threatened those who did not do their job would join the victims. , armed with baseball bats, police-style baton,
and knives. Except for Cruz, the men were dressed in camouflage and masks. Evans and LaMarsh entered the house and led whoever was inside to the living room. Evans let Vieira and Beck into the house through a window and returned to the car. Cruz and Willey approached the house, and people inside started screaming and running. Four people were killed that night. Richard Ritchey ran from the house and was beaten by Cruz and Willey with a police-style baton until Cruz cut his throat with a knife.
Roger Colwell’s throat was slit inside the house. Emmie Paris died when Vieira slit her throat after beating her with a baseball bat. Raper died of skull fractures after being beaten. One woman escaped, and a neighbor saw Ritchey’s death at the hands of Cruz.Tomas Verano Cruz
Convicted and sentenced to Death in the Oct 21, 1991 murder of deputy Kenneth Perrigo. Perrigo arrested Cruz and Estrada on the evening of Oct. 21 after they were found passed out drunk in a car in front of the fairgrounds in McArthur. Belligerent, Cruz repeatedly threatened to kill Perrigo during the arrest, court documents show. Perrigo nonetheless agreed to work overtime to transport Cruz and Estrada halfway to Redding, where he was to meet another deputy to take them the rest of the distance to jail, documents say. Perrigo didn't know Cruz and Estrada had managed to reach under the driver's seat and find the 9mm handgun the deputy had stored there in a fanny pack. Cruz shot Perrigo in the back of the head through the Plexiglas screen that separated the deputy from his charges.
The vehicle swerved, rolled over at least once and careened off Highway 299. After the two suspects kicked out the back window and got free from the car, Cruz put down the gun and Estrada picked it up. He shot Perrigo in the neck while the deputy was slumped over the steering wheel, documents show.Armenia Levi Cudio
A jury convicted petitioner Armenia Levi Cudjo of the March 21, 1986 first degree murder of Amelia Prokuda. The jury found that petitioner committed this murder with the use of a deadly weapon, and while engaged in the commission of robbery and burglary. The jury also convicted petitioner of one count each of robbery with the use of a deadly weapon and burglary of an inhabited dwelling. Mr. Cudjo was sentenced to death. A full review of the case evidence and trial can be found in his habeas petition located at the following web address.Raynard Paul Cummings
Convicted and sentenced to Death in the June 2, 1983 murder of Los Angeles police Officer Paul Verna in Lake View Terrace.Albert Cunningham
Convicted and sentenced to Death for the 12/2/85 murder of Carmen Treto. The prosecution’s evidence established that defendant, wearing a distinctive three-piece suit, went to a bar in Pasadena where the victims, Carmen Treto and Juan Cebreros, were socializing and consuming alcoholic beverages. Several times during the evening, Treto displayed a large amount of cash. At
approximately 2:00 a.m., the victims left the bar. Cebreros started for home, decided that Treto was too drunk to drive, and then returned for him. After some discussion, the two proceeded to the parking lot behind the bar, where they were about to enter Treto’s vehicle. Defendant approached the two, drew a gun, demanded Treto’s cash, and then fatally shot Treto. Cebreros attempted to flee, and defendant shot at him, wounding him in the thigh. Defendant fled in Treto’s automobile.John CunninghamRobert Zane Curl
Convicted and sentenced to Death in th 1987 murder of Richard Urban.
On March 23, 1987, Duane Holt shared a residence with Nevallene Joanne Holt Routh and her two teen-aged sons at the corner of Hughes and Hedges Streets in Fresno. Holt was a drug dealer and sold drugs out of his house. He and Nevi Jo were both methamphetamine or “crank” users. The Holt residence was also something of a gathering spot for young men who came and worked on cars in the yard. One of those young men was the victim, Richard Urban, who had previously purchased crank from Holt. Defendant and his girlfriend, Penny Baxter, were also frequent visitors to the Holt residence in March 1987, visiting almost every day. Like the others, defendant and Baxter were crank users. On March 23, defendant and Baxter dropped in at the Holt residence three times. During their final visit, in the evening, Holt received a phone call that made him angry. After he hung up, he told defendant that “Rich” owed him $130 and that some people should be made an example of for not paying. According to Baxter, defendant told Holt, “You just have to do what you have to do.” Holt said that “Rich was coming over.” About 10 minutes after the phone conversation, Urban arrived in a van.
Holt asked Urban where his money was. Urban told him he did not have it because he had been kidnapped earlier that day. Instead, he offered Holt a set of rings in payment; the rings were gold and set with black onyx.5
As they drove home in defendant’s truck Baxter noticed a bag on the seat of the truck between defendant and her. She went to move it, but defendant told her Holt refused but did accept some drugs from Urban telling him, however, that he still owed him the money. At some point, Holt said he had to go down the street and he, Urban, and defendant left the house in defendant’s truck. When defendant and Holt returned 35 to 40 minutes later; they were sweaty and jumpy. According to Randy Little, who was working on cars at Holt’s house, they asked for a rope or a cable to start Urban’s van. Eventually, they pushed it out of the yard. Defendant and Holt then went into the Holt residence. Baxter saw what she thought might be blood smeared on Holt’s face; she remembered that Holt appeared to be nervous. Defendant and Holt went into a bedroom. They emerged a few minutes later and then defendant and Baxter left. On the morning of March 24, 1987, while delivering newspapers, Eusebio Duran saw a man’s body off to the side of Dickinson street between the road and a vineyard. The area surrounding the spot was agricultural and covered with vineyards. Duran delivered a few more papers and then made a U-turn and drove slowly past the body. The man was face up, with his arms to his side, and there was a large pool of blood around his head. Pete Chavez, a detective with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department, arrived at the scene about 5:45 a.m. The weather was cold and wet as there had been rain a few days earlier. Chavez observed that the man’s body was on its right side and there was blood beneath his head and upper body area. The man was clad in white pants, a tan jacket, and black tennis shoes. There were three sets of shoe prints around the body; these were photographed. When Chavez approached the body he saw injuries to the head. In the man’s right hand were car keys. The keys were later identified by Mardeau Hipp as belonging to the van she had borrowed from her father. The man was Richard Urban. According to Jerry Nelson, the pathologist, the cause of death was gunshot wounds to Urban’s brain, cerebrum and brain stem.