Former Manson Family killer Bruce Davis
is rejected for parole
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[August 09, 2014]
By Alex Dobuzinskis
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Manson
Family member Bruce Davis, who was sentenced to life in prison for two
1969 murders but was granted parole this year, was ordered on Friday to
remain behind bars by California Governor Jerry Brown who rejected the
decision to free him.
When the 71-year-old Davis was granted parole by a state board in
March, it was uncertain whether he would step out of prison on that
vote of confidence in him by the panel, because Brown last year
reversed a similar decision.
Davis has been serving a life sentence in a California state prison
since his 1972 conviction for the murders of music teacher Gary
Hinman, who was stabbed to death in July 1969, and stunt man Donald
"Shorty" Shea, who was killed the following month.
Brown, in his review of the case, said he found Davis had still not
taken full responsibility for the murders.
"When considered as a whole, I find the evidence shows that he
currently poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from
prison," Brown, a Democrat, wrote in his order. "Therefore, I
reverse the decision to parole Davis."
Davis did not take part in the most infamous murders committed by
the followers of Charles Manson, the Tate-LaBianca slayings.
Actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski,
was stabbed 16 times by members of the cult in the early morning
hours of Aug. 9, 1969.
Four other people were stabbed or shot to death at Tate's Los
Angeles home that night by the Manson followers, who scrawled the
word "Pig" in blood on the front door before leaving.
The following night, Manson's group stabbed Leno and Rosemary
LaBianca to death at their house.
The killings in the summer of 1969 caused panic in Los Angeles. The
murders also made Manson one of the 20th century's most infamous
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Manson had directed his mostly young, female followers to kill in
what prosecutors said was part of a plan to incite a race war
between whites and blacks.
Now 79, Manson is serving a life sentence at Corcoran State Prison
for the seven Tate-LaBianca killings and the murder of Hinman. He
has been repeatedly denied parole.
Davis was previously granted parole in 2010 but remained
incarcerated after that decision was reversed by then-California
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
(Additional reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Robert Birsel)
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