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Governor rejects parole for Manson follower

June 28, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has rejected parole for Bruce Davis, a member of the Charles Manson cult, who was convicted of two killings in 1969.Davis is serving life sentences for the killings, but was not involved in the infamous murders by Manson followers of actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles.

The governor rejected the state parole board recommendation in January that said Davis, 67, is ready to be released four decades after the two murders.

Davis was convicted of killing musician Gary Hinman in his home in Topanga Canyon and former stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea, who lived in Manson's commune at the Spahn movie ranch in Chatsworth.

The governor acknowledged that Davis has made credible accomplishments during his incarceration, but Schwarzenegger said the murders were "especially heinous" and Davis has repeatedly minimized his involvement.

While in prison, Davis earned a master's degree in religion and a doctorate in philosophy of religion. He also got married and fathered a daughter.

Schwarzenegger said in a letter made public Monday that he questions whether Davis is still too willing to follow others' direction, saying he finds it troubling Davis said he would be subservient to his wife if he's released.

Davis' attorney says he will file a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court to reverse the governor's decision.

He said Schwarzenegger has no valid grounds to reject the recommendations of the parole board.