California lawmakers oppose parole for disabled man's killer

Apr 8, 2015 5:28 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The family of a developmentally disabled man who was buried alive has support from several state lawmakers as they fight to keep his killer behind bars.

David Weidert was sentenced to life in prison for beating, stabbing and strangling 20-year-old Fresno-area resident Michael Morganti in 1980 to hide a burglary involving $500.

The state parole board decided that Weidert, now age 52, is no longer dangerous and is recommending his release.

Central Valley lawmakers of both political parties gathered outside the state Capitol on Wednesday, urging Gov. Jerry Brown to block the parole.

Morganti's sister, Vikki Van Duyne, calls Weidert "an extra-special band of psychopath."

But Weidert's father says his son is now a changed man.

Brown has until June 26 to decide.

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