Death penalty is upheld for killer

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Maura Dolan maura.dolan@la­times.com Twit­ter: @mau­radolan

The Cal­i­for­nia Supreme Court on Mon­day upheld the death penalty for Ger­ald Parker, known as the Bed­room Basher for ter­ror­iz­ing Or­ange County in the late 1970s in a string of home-in­va­sion rapes and mur­ders.

Parker was a staff sergeant based in Or­ange County for the U.S. Ma­rine Corps in 1978 and 1979. Dur­ing that time, five women in Ana­heim, Costa Mesa and Tustin were raped and beaten to death in their apart­ments.

A sixth vic­tim, D. Green, sur­vived with brain dam­age, but her 9-month-old fe­tus, iden­ti­fied by the court as Chan­tal Green, was de­liv­ered still­born.

Green’s hus­band, Kevin Lee Green, was wrongly con­victed in the at­tack. He was im­pris­oned from 1980 to 1996, when DNA tests linked the vic­tims to one an­other and to Parker.

Parker ad­mit­ted dur­ing a po­lice in­ter­ro­ga­tion to bur­glar­iz­ing all six homes, but he claimed he was in­tox­i­cated at the time and did not in­tend to kill the vic­tims, iden­ti­fied by the court as San­dra Fry, Kim­berly Rawl­ins, Marolyn Car­leton, Chan­tal Green, Deb­ora Kennedy and De­bra Se­nior.

An Or­ange County judge sen­tenced Parker to death in 1999.

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