The Jury Talks Back

3/1/2009

First step in Richard Allen Davis appeal

Filed under: Uncategorized — aunursa @ 8:05 pm

On Tuesday the California Supreme Court will hear the automatic appeal in the Richard Allen Davis death penalty case.  In 1996 Davis, a career criminal with a long rap sheet including several violent crimes against women, was convicted of the murder of 12 year-old Polly Klaas.

On October 1, 1993 Davis kidnapped Polly at knifepoint from her own bedroom in Petaluma, then raped and strangled her.  Two months later Davis was arrested and led policy to her body 50 miles away.  The shocking nature of the crime garnered national attention and was cited as a primary reason for the enactment of the “Three Strikes” law for convicted felons.

Davis, now 54, has been incarcerated for the murder for more than 15 years.  Assuming that the Supreme Court upholds the sentence, in another two months this monster will have been on death row for longer than Polly Klaas was alive.

And the appeal to the state supreme court is just the first step.  “Davis can continue appeals through the state and federal court system.”


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