Death Row Inmate Dies of Natural Causes

Man lived on death row for more than 30 years.

Thursday, Nov 24, 2011  |  Updated 5:50 PM PDT
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Death Row Inmate Dies of Natural Causes

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All death penalty prisoners are housed at San Quentin.

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A man convicted of murdering three film students in a Southern California desert 33 years ago died Tuesday in his cell at San Quentin State Prison, officials said.

David Leslie Murtishaw, 54, was found unresponsive in his cell on death row at 10:36 p.m., prison officials said. He was pronounced dead of natural causes, officials said.

Murtishaw was sentenced to death after a Kern County jury found him guilty for the April 9, 1978 murders of James Lee Henderson, Martha Bernice Soto, and Ingrid Etayo, who were making a student film in the Mojave Desert.

He arrived at San Quentin on May 1, 1979.

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