Gov. Jerry Brown has rejected parole for a third time for a follower of cult leader Charles Manson 46 years after a series of bloody murders rocked Southern California.
Brown said on Friday that the 73-year-old Davis remains a danger to public safety, saying in his decision that the “Horror of the murders committed by the Manson Family in 1969 and the fear they instilled in the public will never be forgotten.”
“He not only watched as Manson cut Mr. Hinman’s face open with a sword, but held him at gunpoint while Manson was doing so.”
Tate’s sister Debra Tate, who spoke against Davis’s parole at his hearing to represent Manson’s victims, had not yet heard about the governor’s rejection when reached by phone by The Associated Press.
Tate said the consistent rejection of parole for Manson followers from governors through the years has not given her any comfort, and California’s recent moves to release older prisoners have left her especially worried.
Debra Tate said that she has seen many Manson family members at hearings through the years.