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California vs. Gardner

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Akane Otani

on 14 May 2010

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Transcript of California vs. Gardner

California vs. Gardner Parties involved: The arguments: The consequences: Questions: Defendant: John Albert Gardner III Chelsea King and Amber Dubois Case Summary: February 25th, 2009: Chelsea King disappears. wanted for the murders of Poway High School, San Diego
Massive search begins
Rancho Bernardo Community Park: car found with cell phone
Within a few days, her body was found. February 2009: Amber Dubois disappears. Escondido
Walking to school
Declared a missing person for a year until her body was found in March There was insufficient evidence to convict Gardner for Dubois’ murder without accepting his own testimony.

The prosecutor and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis both agreed that entering into a plea bargain was the best possible outcome for the victims’ families.

Brent King also argued in favor of the decision on account of the “hollow promise” of the death penalty in California. Two counts of murder with a special circumstance of rape for Dubois: Gardner received two consecutive terms of life. Does plea bargaining let people get away with crimes too easily?

Is a life sentence more appropriate than the death penalty?
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