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Condemned Inmate Johnny Avila Jr. Dies

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate Johnny Avila Jr., 62, was pronounced deceased this morning, July 26, 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.

Avila was sentenced to death in Fresno County on March 21, 1996, for two counts of first-degree murder. He had been on death row since March 31, 1995. There are currently 716 people on California’s death row. More information about capital punishment in California can be found here: https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/capital-punishment/

Contact: CDCR Press Office, opec@cdcr.ca.gov