State Supreme Court upholds Shasta County man's death sentence

Jan 6, 2015 7:39 PM by News Staff

The State Supreme Court upheld a Shasta County man's murder conviction and death sentence Monday for his role in the death of a 98-year-old Bella Vista woman in 1995.

In 1996 Gary Grimes was convicted and sentenced to death for his role in the murder of Betty Bone, who was killed during a break-in at her home in Bella Vista. According to prosecutors, Grimes ordered the killing, which was carried out by 20-year-old John Morris. Morris hung himself in prison the day after he was arrested.

The death penalty sentence and conviction were being disputed because during the 1996 trial the judge reportedly would not let defense witnesses testify about thing's Morris had told them regarding Grimes' role in the murder.


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