James Leslie Karis, Jr.



Age: 61


Summary: California death row inmate who was convicted of the 1982 abduction, rape and murder of 34-year-old Peggy Pennington and the attempted murder of her coworker Patty Vander Dussen as the two women took their daily walk around their workplace at the El Dorado County Welfare Department and whose court case became so tangled in death penalty politics that he was sentenced to death twice, in which California has not executed an inmate since January 2006 because of legal fights over the death penalty.



Cause of Death: Natural causes


Born: November 11, 1951


Died: January 31, 2013


Location: San Quentin, California