More than three years ago, motel handyman Cary Stayner confessed to killing four women in and near Yosemite National Park.
Today, a judge is poised to approve a jury’s death sentence verdict. The San Jose jury came to the verdict after finding Stayner guilty of killing Carole Sund, her daughter, Juli, and family friend Silvina Pelosso.
Defense lawyers have already filed a motion for a new trial, citing 111 instances – from judicial errors to jury misconduct. If that fails, years of appeals await.
California has the nation’s most congested death row, with 616 inmates waiting to die. Only ten inmates have been put to death since the state resumed capital punishment in 1977. Stayner is already serving life in prison for killing a park guide.