Victims' parents urge Newsom to stop death penalty reprieve

Parents of Californians murdered by people now on death row shared gruesome details of their loved ones' killings yesterday as they launched a statewide tour to urge Gov. Gavin Newsom to reverse his moratorium on executions.

Phyllis Loya, whose son Larry Lasater Jr. was killed on duty as a police officer says "He was like a thief in the night that stole justice from us."

Newsom last month issued a reprieve to the more than 700 people sitting on California's death row, meaning none will be executed as long as he’s in office. He also ordered the state to withdraw its lethal injection regulations and dismantled the "death chamber" at San Quentin State Prison.

California's death row is the nation's largest, but the state hasn’t executed anyone since 2006. Voters in 2016 approved a ballot measure to speed up executions, and district attorneys and the families of victims' accused Newsom of defying the voters' will.

Orange County's district attorney Todd Spitzer says  the "Victims of Murder Justice" tour will travel to all 80 Assembly and 40 Senate districts.


Dawn Kamber