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Condemned Inmate John Beames Dies

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate John M. Beames was pronounced deceased on July 21, 2020, at an outside hospital from what appears to be complications related to COVID-19. An exact cause of death will be determined by the coroner. He was 67 years old.

Beames was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in Tulare County on Oct. 11, 1995. He was admitted onto California’s death row on Nov. 7, 1995.

There are currently 717 people on California’s death row. More information about capital punishment in California can be found here:

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