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Death sentence for Riverside police killer

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

December 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A Riverside County jury decided Wednesday that the man convicted of murdering two Riverside police officers more than 27 years ago should be put to death.Jackson Chambers Daniels Jr., now 71-years-old, was initially convicted of the murders in 1983, but that conviction was overturned in 2005 by the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

The new trial began last month and the guilty verdict came down on Dec. 8. Daniels was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances including murder of a peace officer and lying in wait.

The killings happened on May 13, 1982. Riverside police officers Dennis Doty and Philip Trust went to Daniels's house to arrest him following a bank robbery conviction in 1980. Daniels was confined to a wheelchair after being shot by police during the robbery.

According to police, as Daniels's caretaker helped him get dressed, Daniels reached between his legs, pulled out a handgun and fatally shot the officers.

Daniels is scheduled to be formally charged late January.