Wheels of Justice Slowed in Crittenden Double Murder Re-trial

Apr 29, 2014 8:10 PM

Another delay in the Steven Crittenden double murder re-trial request. Today, one of the attorneys for Crittenden, Jeff Thoma, challenged the judge in the case, which is currently being held in Placer County.

Crittenden is accused of brutally robbing and killing Dr. William and Katherine Chiapella of Chico in their home in 1987.

The elderly couple had hired Crittenden, a Chico State football player at the time, to do yard work. They were found, bludgeoned, bound, gagged and tortured inside their home.

The trial was originally moved to Placer County because of the publicity and now, the Butte County District Attorney's Office is trying to get it moved back.

A federal judge in Sacramento overturned the guilty verdicts last October and asked that Crittenden, who is black, be retried because the only black juror in the jury pool was excused from the trial.

The prosecutor, Jerry Flanagan, released that juror because she vehemently opposed the death penalty.

Crittenden is currently on death row in San Quentin. The case will reconvene May 14th with a new judge to hear the motion for the change of venue.


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