LOS ANGELES (AP) – Gov. Gavin Newstom on Friday called for an independent inquiry into the death sentence of Kevin Cooper, a prisoner who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting four people, including two children, on the outskirts of Los Angeles. 1983
Cooper, 63, says he has been framed and has been seeking regional amnesty since 2016.
Newsso said the executive order “does not take a stand” on Cooper’s guilt or innocence or to grant or apologize.
Newsroom has appointed a law firm to review the court records and all the facts and evidence in the case, including those that are not in court and on appeal, along with the DNA tests previously ordered by the governor.
The order states that the investigations are complete, but Cooper lawyers and the San Bernardino District Attorney have “very different views” on whether they support Cooper’s claims.
Cooper’s lawyer, Norman Hill, described the order as interesting.
“We are confident that a thorough review will show that Kevin Cooper is innocent and that he should be released from prison,” he said.
Cooper was indicted in 1983 for an attack in Chino Hills, east of Los Angeles. Doug and Peggy Ryan, their 10-year-old daughter Jessica and their 8-year-old son Joshua, are sleeping with their 11-year-old neighbor Christopher Hughes. Investigators say they were stabbed more than 140 times with ice picks, knives, and chicks.
Joshua’s throat was cut off, but he survived.
The San Bernardino County Prosecutor’s Office said earlier that a DNA test showed that Cooper, who escaped from prison two days before the killing, was in a Reyes house smoking cigarettes in a car stolen by the Reynolds, and that at least one of Cooper’s blood and blood was on a T-shirt near the scene .
Cooper investigators said they spilled his blood on a T-shirt.
He asserted that the evidence was “produced, incorrectly planted, implanted, mixed, or otherwise contaminated by law enforcement.”
Proponents of Cooper say there is evidence that there are many white or Hispanic killers, including unconfirmed hair samples.
New York Times columnist Nicholas Christoff, US Senator Kamala Harris and Real TV star Kim Kardashian have been urged to allow the investigation later.
December 2018, then-Gov. Jerry Brown ordered DNA testing on T-shirts, towels and hatchet sleeves and covers. Two months later, Newcom ordered a further DNA test on the hair samples collected from the victims’ hands and the scene of the crime, and showed two blood samples and the green button that Cooper said was associated with the crime and that his lawyer had been implanted.
According to Newstom’s executive order, prosecutors found Coopera guilty of “overwhelming evidence” and found him guilty by state and federal appeals courts after “complete review” of the evidence and finalizing Cooper’s misrepresentation.
Messages from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office seeking feedback did not return immediately after hours.
Cooper He was scheduled to be executed in 2004. However, the Federal Court of Appeals adjourned the case until further investigation. Both the Supreme Court of California and the United States rejected the appeals.
California It has not killed anyone since 2006, and Newstom has lifted its ban. There are more than 700 men and women on the country’s death row.
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