?What kind of Uzi-toting scumbag robs a Hallmark store? Southern California
banks? Restaurants? Florists? Pet grooming shops? Nail salons? Pharmacies? And
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.
2 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
Now, the 67-year-old Abel can sit on death row at San Quentin State Prison for
the rest of his life.
(source: Orange County Weekly)