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Condemned inmate Charles Keith Richardson dies of natural causes

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate Charles Keith Richardson, 52, died of natural causes today, December 2, 2014, at the Correctional Treatment Center at California State Prison-Corcoran.

Richardson was sentenced to death on October 7, 1992, by a Tulare County jury for the December 3, 1988, rape and murder of 11-year-old April Holley. Richardson had been on death row since October 13, 1992.

Richardson’s crime partner, condemned inmate Steven Allen Brown, 46, was also sentenced to death in Tulare County for Holley’s murder and has been on death row since March 1, 1996.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 66 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 23 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri and six have died from other causes. There are 749 people on California’s death row.


December 2, 2014    
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