19 January 2005 – Donald Beardslee

Donald Beardslee

Arnold Schwarzenegger sanctioned his first execution to be carried out on this day in 2005.

Murderer Donald Beardslee’s appeal for clemency on the grounds of diminished responsibility was denied after Governor Schwarzenegger deemed that the criminal was fully aware of his actions. As a result Beardslee’s body was pumped full of lethal drugs just after midnight local time.

He had been found guilty of the 1981 shooting and stabbing of Stacey Benjamin, 19, and Patty Geddling, 23, in a drug-related dispute in San Francisco, having already served seven years for strangling and stabbed Laura Griffin in Missouri.

Beardslee was executed in San Quentin State Prison, California, aged 61.

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