Thursday, September 29, 2005

Ask Him about the Other Murders

Manson follower Bruce Davis is denied parole

4:39 p.m. September 28, 2005

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Bruce Davis, a member of the notorious Charles Manson family who was convicted of two 1969 murders, was denied parole in a hearing at the California Men's Colony but the parole board agreed to consider his possible release in another year.

Other Manson disciples who are in prison have usually been denied reconsideration of parole for two-to-five years each time they appeared.

Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, said prosecutor Patrick Sequeira argued at the hearing Tuesday that Davis should be kept behind bars because of the heinous nature of the crimes.

Davis, now 62, was convicted along with Manson and others in the stabbing death of musician Gary Hinman in his Topanga Canyon home, and the slaying of Donald "Shorty" Shea, a one-time stuntman who lived at the Spahn movie ranch where Manson set up his commune. Shea's remains were later found buried near the ranch in Chatsworth.

Davis, who has been denied parole more than 20 times, was not involved in the 1969 murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate, grocery store chain owner Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, and four other people. Manson and three women were convicted in those slayings. Davis surrendered on his murder charges during their trial and was tried later along with Manson and other defendants.

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