Child killer, 67, is NINTH death row inmate to die from COVID-19 at San Quentin prison

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Child killer, 67, is the NINTH death row inmate to die from COVID-19 at San Quentin prison, taking a total of 13 prisoners at the facility dying from the virus

  • The 67-year-old was pronounced dead in an outside hospital on Tuesday
  • In 1994, John Beames was convicted of torturing and beating his girlfriend’s 15-month-old daughter to death.
  • So far, eight other death row inmates in San Quentin have died from confirmed or suspected coronavirus
  • Four others died in the general prison population
  • At the California Institution for Men in Chino, 19 inmates died

Child killer John Beames was pronounced dead on Tuesday following complications from COVID-19. He was 67 years old

Child killer John Beames was pronounced dead on Tuesday following complications from the coronavirus, the last California death row inmate to die from COVID-19.

The 67-year-old man was pronounced dead in an outside hospital and his exact cause of death will be determined by a coroner, reports CBS San Francisco.

Beames was convicted in 1994 of torturing and beating to death his girlfriend’s 15-month-old daughter, who was living with him at the time.

He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death in Tulare County in 1995.

An autopsy revealed that the child died from a severe blow to the abdomen which nearly cut off his liver. The girl’s mother was sentenced to 25 years for life for authorizing the abuse.

So far, eight other death row inmates from San Quentin have died from confirmed or suspected coronavirus, while four others have died in the facility’s general prison population.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the 13 deaths are the second COVID-related deaths in the state prison system.

So far, eight other death row inmates in San Quentin have died from confirmed or suspected coronavirus

So far, eight other death row inmates in San Quentin have died from confirmed or suspected coronavirus

At the California Institution for Men in Chino, 19 inmates have died.

There are currently 861 inmates in San Quentin with active infections, according to the CDCR Coronavirus Tracker.

On July 10, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that some 8,000 prisoners would be released in an attempt to curb the epidemic in state prisons.

Its plan applies to low-level offenders whose sentence has remained 180 days or less and to those at high risk.

In March 2019, Newsom signed an executive order imposing a moratorium on executions in California. He then ordered the San Quentin execution chamber closed.

Currently, 717 people are on California death row, the CDCR said.

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