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Condemned inmate Teofilo Medina Jr. dies of natural causes

VACAVILLE – Condemned inmate Teofilo Medina Jr., 70, was pronounced dead of natural causes on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at 7:30 a.m. at California Medical Facility while on hospice care.

Medina was sentenced to death on February 25, 1987, in Orange County and September 7, 1989, in Riverside County for killing three convenience-store and gas-station clerks during a 1984 robbery spree that netted him less than $450. Medina began his robbery and killing spree less than three months after his release from the Arizona Department of Corrections where he had served a term for rape. Medina also received a death sentence in Riverside County for a fourth slaying.  Medina had been on death row since March 7, 1987.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 67 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 23 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri, six have died from other causes and two are pending the causes of death.  There are 751 people on California’s death row.

MARCH 23, 2015
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