California Supreme Court Okays Death Penalty for OC Serial Bandit

John Clyde Abel
John Clyde Abel

What kind of Uzi-toting scumbag robs a Hallmark store? Southern California banks? Restaurants? Florists? Pet grooming shops? Nail salons? Pharmacies? And grocery stores?

Glad you asked because I have the answer: career criminal John Clyde Abel.

But, barring saving action by the U.S. Supreme Court, Abel won't be bothering anyone ever again.

Today, the California Supreme Court left intact an Orange County jury's death penalty punishment for Abel's January 1991 cold-blooded robbery/murder of Armando Miller, a man who'd just exited a bank in Orange with $20,000 in cash for his market.

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Two weeks before his murder, an elated Miller saw the birth of his child.

Abel's appellate lawyers argued a number of points--none of which are sufficiently interesting or exculpatory to detail.

But the state's highest court determined the conviction and punishment were righteous.

Now, the 67-year-old Abel can sit on Death Row at San Quentin State Prison for the rest of his life.

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