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.
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.
R. Scott Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.