Karis was sentenced to death on September 17, 1982, by a Sacramento County jury for the July 8, 1981, rape and murder of Peggy Pennington, 34, and the attempted murder of Patty Vander Dussen, 27. Karis had abducted them during their daily walk around the block of the El Dorado County Welfare Department where both women were employed. Karis had been on death row since September 20, 1982.
Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 57 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 21 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri; and six have died from other causes. There are 729 offenders on California’s death row.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 31, 2013
CONTACT: LT. SAM ROBINSON