Death Row Inmate From Shasta Co. Found Dead in his Cell

Apr 23, 2015 1:24 PM by News Staff

Condemned inmate Raymond Edward Steele, who was on California's death row from Shasta County for the stabbing murder of a developmentally disabled woman, Lee Ann Thurman, in 1988, has died.

California Department of Corrections officials Thursday announced that the 67-year-old Steele was found unresponsive in his cell last night and was eventually pronounced dead at 7:37 p.m. at San Quentin State Prison. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

Steele was sentenced to death on July 24, 1990 by a Shasta County jury for the Aug. 5, 1988 murder of Leann Thurman, who was under conservatorship as a result of brain damage suffered at birth.

A convicted sex offender and murderer, Steele had been previously convicted in 1971 of the rape of a victim who lived next door to his aunt, and the second-degree murder of his 15-year-old babysitter, who had been stabbed eight times.

Steele had been on death row since July 31, 1990.


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