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San Quentin Inmate's Death Believed to be Suicide

A death row inmate convicted of murdering of a one-time drug dealer and an innocent bystander in 1994 was found dead in his cell on Sunday.

San Quentin State Prison Death Row inmate Kenneth Friedman was pronounced dead in his single cell Sunday morning, prison spokesman Lt. Sam Robinson said.

Friedman's death is being investigated as a suicide, Robinson said. His body was found at 5:24 a.m.

A Los Angeles County jury sentenced Friedman, 58, to death on Dec. 2, 2005, Robinson said.

Friedman was convicted of the strangulation murder of one-time drug dealer Peter Kovach, 26, and an innocent bystander, Ted Gould, 29, on Oct. 26, 1994, Robinson said.

The men were abducted from a Torrance telecommunications store where they worked, Robinson said.

Friedman was on Death Row since Dec. 14, 2005.

Since 1978 when California reinstated the death penalty, 57 condemned inmates have died of natural causes, 21 committed suicide, 13 were executed in California and one in Missouri, Robinson said. Six other inmates died of other causes.

There are 728 inmates on California's Death Row, Robinson said.

Bay City News Service

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Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr August 28, 2012 at 10:49 PM
The people of California have repeatedly voted to have a death penalty. The MF "activist" judges in California think that capital punishment is not poitically correct, and continue to impose make-work objections; so every death row inmate dies of old age. These MF judges think that they are Earl Warren. They are not. They are Rose Bird, and you know what the people thought of her. If judges will not follow the law, then who will protect us?
wantmyAmericaback August 29, 2012 at 06:18 AM
What ever happened to Rose Bird? That is a name I haven't heard in a long time. What is a MF judge?
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr August 29, 2012 at 07:14 PM
MF is a "might fine" judge. Last I heard of Rose Bird, she had been a paralegal working at a law firm on the peninsula, and that she had died about 10 years ago, but I have not checked sources on that.

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