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State Supreme Court Upholds Death Penality For Man Who Killed Oxnard Woman

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 1:25pm

The State Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for a man convicted of kidnapping, raping, and murdering an Oxnard woman more than two decades ago.

Christopher Sattiewhite killed Genoveva Gonzales in January of 1992.

His attorney argued that Sattiewhite has a diminished mental capacity, and that there were also a number of technical issues with the trial.

However, the high court ruled that a pretrial examination showing that the then 24 year old man was competent to stand trial was valid.

The justices rejected a number of other arguments, including a challenge to the constitutionality of the death penalty.

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