Helzer was sentenced to death, along with his brother Glenn Helzer, on March 11, 2005, by a Contra Costa County jury for killing Ivan Stineman, Annette Stineman, Selina Bishop, Jennifer Villarin, and James Gamble in an extortion and murder scheme. Helzer had been on death row since March 11, 2005.
Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 58 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 22 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri; and six have died from other causes. There are 733 offenders on California’s death row.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2013
Contact: Lt. Samuel Robinson