Kevin Cooper, set to be executed for a crime he did not commit (Image Source: Attorney's for Kevin Cooper)

Kevin Cooper, set to be executed for a crime he did not commit (Image source: Attorneys for Kevin Cooper)

California is set to execute death row inmate Kevin Cooper for a brutal murder that occurred in 1983. Cooper was sentenced to death in 1985 for the brutal murder of a family in the Chino Hills suburb of Los Angeles. Law enforcement insists that Cooper killed Douglas and Peggy Ryen, their 10-year-old daughter Jessica, and 10-year-old Chris Hughes, who was staying with the family the night of the murders. There was one survivor, a then 8-year-old Josh Ryen who had his throat cut and was left for dead. Cooper at the time had escaped from a minimum security prison and was hiding out at a nearby residence at the time of the murder and police focused their attention on him as the chief suspect in the case. When he was finally arrested police claimed that evidence including a bloody footprint, a drop of blood and a piece of cigarette paper tied him to the crime scene. But when Josh Ryen recovered from his injuries, he stated that it was three white or Hispanic men that attacked and killed his family and that Cooper was not involved. This started a chain of events that now indicate a startling 30 year cover up and blatant falsification of evidence by law enforcement and the prosecutor’s office in the case. This includes the fact that the blood at the crime scene did not belong to Cooper and contained the DNA of two people. But now there is no sample left because it was consumed during the testing process.

There is ample proof that crime scene evidence appears to have been fabricated by law enforcement in a vicious racially motivated investigation. When the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept. indicated that a Black man was being held as a suspect, a stuffed monkey was hanged outside the courthouse with a sign that said “Kill the N-word.” Cooper’s conviction on the murder charges was appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court, which became bitterly divided. His conviction was upheld but five of the federal judges issued a blistering 103 page dissent. These judges stated, “There is no way to say this politely. The district court failed to provide Cooper a fair hearing. The district court impeded and obstructed Cooper’s attorneys at every turn. [T]he court imposed unreasonable conditions, refused discovery that should have been available as a matter of course; limited testimony that should not have been limited; and found facts unreasonably, based on a truncated and distorted record. Public confidence in the proper administration of the death penalty depends on the integrity of the process followed by the state. … So far as due process is concerned, twenty-four years of flawed proceedings are as good as no proceedings at all.”  The judges found that the prosecution and the Sheriff’s office destroyed, tampered with and hid from the defense significant evidence that the jury never heard. Finally, in a damning statement the judges wrote, “The State of California may be about to execute an innocent man.”

In 2015, Cooper’s case was the subject of an episode CNN’s “Death Row Stories.” In that broadcas,t startling evidence and statements from those tied to the case show that Cooper should be freed. These facts are listed on a defense website savekevincooper.org and are as follows:

  • The coroner who investigated the Ryen murders concluded that the murders took four minutes at most and that the murder weapons were a hatchet, a long knife, an ice pick and perhaps a second knife. How could a single person, in four or fewer minutes, wield three or four weapons, and inflict over 140 wounds on five people, two of whom were adults (including a 200 pound ex-marine) who had loaded weapons near their bedsides?
  • Two days after the crimes were discovered; the Sheriff’s Department issued a “Criminal Bulletin” stating the suspects were “three . . . white or Mexican males,” one wearing a “blue short-sleeve shirt.” In 2004, the defense uncovered that the day after the murders a Sheriff’s deputy recovered a blue shirt with blood on it near the scene of the crimes. The prosecution never disclosed this blue shirt to the defense, and it is now “missing.”
  • A woman identified as a girlfriend of one of the possible murderers alerted the sheriff’s department that her boyfriend, a convicted murderer, left blood-spattered coveralls at her home the night of the murders.  She also reported that her boyfriend owned a hatchet matching the one recovered near the scene of the crime, which she noted was missing in the days following the murders; it never reappeared; further, her sister saw that boyfriend in a vehicle that could have been the Ryens’ car on the night of the murders.
  • The Sheriff’s deputy who destroyed the bloody coveralls lied at trial when he testified that he acted on his own in destroying them. In 1998, over 13 years after the trial, the defense uncovered a Sheriff’s office “disposition report” that showed that the deputy’s supervisor had in fact approved the destruction of the coveralls. That report was never turned over to the defense, and the jury thus never knew that the testimony they heard from the deputy was false.

It will now be up to California Governor Jerry Brown to decide whether Cooper will die by lethal injection in the coming weeks.

Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.

  • Exoctic 1

    How unfortunate

    • tracy smith

      Tell your mama that.

      • Exoctic 1

        Go suck a dick @tracysmith…. BIOTCHHHHH… If you don’t like what I said then Bitch go eat some pusssssssss.

  • Rainmaker

    This is ridiculously criminal when the State puts someone on death row for decades for a crime they didn’t commit. Sick people that would do this to anyone!

    • Iva Sue McCoy

      criminals. Guilty of treason. And premeditated homicide. Hang them

  • Cody Packer

    Very interesting but ultimately tragic. Theres a new online video movement on Facebook circulating at the moment called The Execution Project which relates directly to this. Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/AShortFilmAboutExecution/videos/1153453221365482/

    • Rik Van Riel

      It is more than just tragic. If it can happen to him, it can happen to you.

      • msmojo

        NOT ME…. IM WHITE

        • rootbeer08530yahoocom

          Not true at all though more likely for minorities it can happen to anyone and the direction our law enforcement is going it becoming more likely for all though no doubt black will always have a higher likely hood

        • Christopher Ybarra

          HA!! Not you because you are white? I see the intended sarcasm, however, take a look at the Netflix series Making a Murderer. After that tell me again about your white privilege.

        • Iva Sue McCoy

          Randy Weaver’s wife and son were white. Waco people were white. They didn’t even get the chance to be convicted by a court. There is no law. There is no equality. There is only the BAR MEMBERS WHO HAVE SABOTAGED OUR COUNTRY. THEY ARE TREASONOUS CRIMINALS.

          • Nikki

            On point

        • Charles Hill

          so would you tell your other friends what white privilege is?

        • Trimelda McDaniels

          That only works if you’re wealthy as well as Caucasian. Otherwise, you’d be sitting next to the brotha singing Willie Nelson songs.

  • Darlene R

    Poor man can’t get any justice. I guess the cops don’t want to admit their wrong, plus the fact that the real killers are still out there. smh!!! Prayers for this man to find justice!!!

    • Skeetah Smith

      The system will NEVER admit that they were/ are wrong unfortunately. Smh….. The most crooked Bastards on the planet!

    • rootbeer08530yahoocom

      Killing a man to dodge a lawsuit, sad too because I bet if the guy had a choice he would not sue just to live. Our judicial system and law enforcement is f***ing ridiculous and sick

  • Adam Vant

    This murderer should have been executed years ago. Justice delayed. I will cheer when he is put down.

    • Cee Hep

      Use your gun now so you can be happy, before you do go get a DNA.

      • jfoster13

        It’s a black man, so it doesn’t matter to Adam Vant whether he’s guilty or innocent. He’s probably an ignorant white racist.

        • Adam Vant

          The guy’s a convicted brutal murderer. Makes no difference to me that he’s black. Read the 1991 California Supreme Court decision. He deserves to die and should have been executed long ago. Hopefully he’ll be executed soon. That will be a happy day for all Californians.

          • Erica

            So I read all that and even the judges agree that he is not guilty of this crime. Plus did you miss the fact about all the evidence destroyed and withheld from the defense? The lone survivor said it wasn’t him. What reason would that little boy have to lie? or make up that one person broke in and killed all of them?? Did YOU read it? (quoted from 5 judges) “Five of the federal judges issued a blistering 103 page dissent. These judges stated, “There is no way to say this politely. The district court failed to provide Cooper a fair hearing. The district court impeded and obstructed Cooper’s attorneys at every turn.”

          • Adam Vant

            “It is utterly unreasonable to suppose that by coincidence, some hypothetical real killer chose this night and this locale to kill; that he entered the Lease house just after defendant left to retrieve the murder weapons, leaving the hatchet sheath in the bedroom defendant used; that he returned to the Lease house to shower; that he drove the Ryen station wagon in the same direction defendant used on his way to Mexico; and that he happened to wear prison issue tennis shoes like those of defendant, happened to have defendant’s blood type, happened to have hair like defendant’s, happened to roll cigarettes with the same distinctive prison issue tobacco, and so forth. Defendant sought to discredit or minimize each of these items of evidence, but the sheer volume and consistency of the evidence is overwhelming.” — California Supreme Court, People v. Cooper (1991) 53 Cal.3d 771. Too bad so sad bye bye Kevin Cooper.

          • Dela Cruise

            “But when Josh Ryen recovered from his injuries, he stated that it was
            three white or Hispanic men that attacked and killed his family and that
            Cooper was not involved.” – straight from the witness that was attacked.

            Or are you going to say that the testimony of the person who got attacked is not reliable?

          • Adam Vant

            Kevin Cooper is a brutal vicious murderer. Hopefully soon he will be put down like a rabid dog.

          • dano2112a

            Just wondering, where were you on that date? You seem to have a lot of anger towards this man for no apparent reason. Like the saying goes, “I think he doth protest to much”.

          • Adam Vant

            On June 5, 1983, I was as always going about my daily business as a law-abiding citizen, unlike the vicious animal Kevin Cooper, who was butchering 4 people to death.

          • maggie m

            SUUURRE you were going about your “daily” business as a “law-abiding” citizen. I am sure that is what TED BUNDY said that too when he was trying to convince himself. That child and most important witness did say 3 white or Hispanic men killed his family. Kevin Cooper is not only black, he is pretty dark-skinned and to boot is a SINGLE PERSON! and . WHERE were you again? and why are you so abnormally adamant that a black man be murdered leaving white multiple murderers, police and prosecutors untouched in your neighborhood. AND WHO raised you again???

          • Adam Vant

            Kevin Cooper is indeed black. He is also a vicious quadruple murderer who hopefully will be put to death by California. That will be a great day for justice! Death to murdering scumbag Kevin Cooper!

          • maggie m

            Like I said before – SUUURRE you were!!!!!

          • zonmoy

            in other words your the real killer and you want him executed so you are home free.

          • queen eliz.

            I could have said the same thing, other wise why is he so dam adamant to see this man die. I think you are on to something Zonmoy, maybe his ass needs to be investigate. No one should die regardless of their color, if they are innocent. Adam Vant u sound like u are the guilty one.

          • Ron

            Idiot do your research. It is obvious you have not read anything. Just a ounk

          • Adam Vant

            I can’t wait for Kevin Cooper to be executed. I will break out champagne when he is killed.

          • Charles Hill

            Yeah you sound like a murderer, You have any witnesses to your whereabouts on that date?

          • queen eliz.

            I would like to know, he knows way too much

          • Ron

            You racist, pathetic, raggedy ass, coward.

          • Adam Vant

            Hopefully death will come soon to Kevin Cooper.

          • Lisa O’Brien

            That is a common misrepresentation of what Josh Ryen said. Josh initially reported that three Mexicans came to the house looking for work earlier in the evening and he thought they might have been the killers. Cooper’s defenders have turned that into “three white men” to fit the fantasies of Diane Roper and two women who reported 19 years later that the killers were in the Canyon Corral Bar on the night of the murders.

            When Josh described the attack, he only described a single attacker, not three.

            It’s also a common misrepresentation that one person could not have committed the murders. Those people seem to have never heard of a blitz attack. That is what happened. Cooper attacked Doug Ryen, incapacitated him, then attacked his wife and incapacitated her. After dispatching them, or very close to it, Jessica entered the room and she was viciously attacked. Chris Hughes and Josh entered the room last and they, too, were attacked.

          • Ron

            The information does not support your argument. The blood was not Cooper’s? Whose blood was it?.

          • Lisa O’Brien

            What evidence are you referring to, Ron? The blood spot on the wall, A-41, was determined by DNA to have come from no one but Kevin Cooper. Blood on the tee-shirt was confirmed by DNA to come from Kevin Cooper and Doug Ryen. Cigarette butts found in the Ryen’s station wagon were linked to Cooper by DNA evidence.

          • Charles Hill

            where did you get this extra information. Or you the second person in the murder you have to much so called evidence.

          • Lisa O’Brien

            I got it from the court opinions summarizing the evidence against Cooper both at trial and as a result of post-conviction DNA testing requested by Cooper. It’s not “extra” information since anyone who bothered to read the court opinions would know about it.

          • DarthYan

            And it is unreasonable to say that the lack of Blood on the bathroom floor the presence of two people’s blood in the vial, the fact that cigarettes and tobacco were not only not there the first two times but were found on the passenger side, the fact that the warden directly disagreed with the state about the shoes doesn’t mean anything.

          • DarthYan

            1.) The house wasn’t where the weapons came from. Diana Roper said Lee was missing a hatchet and the experts said “consistent with”. Not the same thing as “is”.
            2.) The patterns of the luminol were NOT consistent with being used to wash down the house. The prosecution lied.
            3.) The shoes were the OPPOSITE of unique. The prosecution hid a statement proving this. It’s why the judges stayed the execution in 04. The Prosecutors BROKE THE LAW.
            4.) The hair of a BLONDE man was found.
            5.) The cigarettes were found after two searches
            6.) Cigarettes were found on the passenger side
            7.) Same blood type means shit

            In short the defense ACCURATELY discredited the evidence and the “sheer volume and consistency” is underwhelming to nonexistent. The only people who think Cooper did it are either invested in his guilt or just plain stupid

          • Lisa O’Brien

            DarthYan, once again, you’re relying on conclusory allegations that are refuted by the court records:

            1. Witnesses at trial linked the hatchet to the Lease house. The knife used in the murders was never found. The hatchet was linked to the murders based on blood testing, which was corroborated by subsequent DNA testing. The hatchet was never linked to Lee Furrow and Roper was never considered a credible witness by Cooper’s defense team.

            2. The luminol testing was confined to the shower and testimony at trial was that the pattern was consistent with someone washing themselves off after the murders.

            3. Testimony at trial and documents from Stride Rite proved that the ProKeds shoes were available to the prison and were not available in retail outlets. The prosecution didn’t hide Carroll’s statements because Carroll did not make them to the prosecution prior to trial. In fact, Carroll’s statements were deemed not credible by the U.S. District Court because the statements were not based on Carroll’s first hand knowledge and because they were refuted by evidence from Stride Rite documents and witnesses.

            4. That hair from a blond man was found appears to be an outright fabrication. In fact, the hairs were found to belong to members of the Ryen family and Chris Hughes in post-conviction MtDNA testing.

            5. DNA linked those cigarettes to Cooper.

            6. The location of the cigarettes in the vehicle is not dispositive.

            7. Post-conviction DNA testing is not “blood typing.” Cooper’s DNA and Doug Ryen’s DNA were the only DNA found on the tan shirt and Cooper’s DNA was the only DNA found on A-41, the bloodstain near the bedroom of the Ryen home.

            Conclusory allegations made by Cooper’s advocates does not refute the original trial testimony, or the post-conviction DNA testing, which proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Cooper is guilty. My opinion is based on that evidence, not the self-serving statements of a murderer and his advocates.

          • DarthYan

            That’s not true. Other experts have pointed out there would have been luminal on the floor. There wasn’t a splash pattern consistent with washing

          • Lisa O’Brien

            Would you please provide a link to those reports, DarthYan? Can you name any of these alleged “experts.” You appear to be confusing conclusory allegations with facts and evidence. They are two different things.

          • DarthYan

            Also another member of the company (the guy in charge of sales for fourth years) said they were in retail just not in large amountss. Also the blood was found to have edta in it before the prosecution expert withdrew it. What I’m saying is the Dna was planted
            Also the cigarettes were found on the third search. Easily possible to be planted
            Also given that gregonis was guilty of grand larceny and that the police didn’t charge him despite proof its safe to say the prosecutors were dirty enough to plant wvidence or lie.
            Several FBI agents (including the guy who was the head of the la district) confirmed the cops were incompetent at best and corrupt at worst.)
            So no you aren’t basing opinions on evidence. Especially since the splash luminal was not consistent with someone washing off.
            If cooper is guilty the police were corrupt and incompetent. As stands, the police most likely planted the evidence. Furrows hatchet was never tested.
            As stands your opinions are based on the incompetent corrupt self serving cops and police

          • Lisa O’Brien

            You are misrepresenting the testimony of Mr. Luck:

            “The Court heard testimony of Don P. Luck at the evidentiary hearing. Mr. Luck is a former executive with the Stride Rite Corporation with forty-two years of experience selling and managing Pro-Keds and familiar with all sales of the Pro-Keds shoes to major retailers. (6/2/04 HRT 223.) Mr. Luck testified that he knew of all the major sales of Keds during the 1980’s and that he was personally responsible for the Sears, J.C. Penney’s, and military exchange accounts. (6/2/04 HRT 224, 225, 229-32.) He testified that he is positive that there were no sales of the Pro-Keds Dude tennis shoes to Sears or any other large retail companies or chain stores in the western United States. (6/02/04 HRT 225, 231-32, 239-40.) At the hearing, Mr. Luck testified that he has reviewed the trial testimony of Newberry and the records admitted into evidence at trial, and confirms that such testimony and records are consistent with his recollection regarding the sales of Pro-Keds Dude tennis shoes. (6/02/04 HRT 224; Answer, Ex. 66 at 1.) Mr. Luck stated that Mr. Newberry was a thorough person with regards to reviewing and checking files. (6/02/04 HRT 232, 233.)

            [510 F.3d 975]

            “Rather, the Pro-Keds Dude tennis shoe was a “bid” shoe, the low-end shoe of a particular brand, sold to institutions, such as prisons like CIM. (6/2/04 HRT 226-27.) Mr. Luck also stated he knows that the Dude shoe was not available to the public through any major retailer. (6/2/04 HRT 232.)

            “Mr. Luck could not rule out from his own personal knowledge sales to small shoe stores because the Pro-Keds Dude shoe was included in the wholesale shoe catalogue and because such sales would not have crossed his desk or been brought to his attention. (6/2/04 HRT 241.) But as Mr. Luck confirmed in his testimony, Mr. Newberry was the person who reviewed the Stride Rite corporate records and testified at trial based on his search of the records that there were no retail sales of the Pro-Keds Dude tennis shoes. (6/2/04 HRT 230, 233, 242.) Mr. Luck did not comment nor dispute the contents of the corporate records or Mr. Newberry’s testimony because he did not review those records at the time Mr. Newberry prepared to testify in Petitioner’s state court trial. (6/2/04 HRT 230, 233, 242.) So while Mr. Luck cannot rule out sales to small shoe stores from his personal knowledge, nothing in his testimony cast any doubt upon Mr. Newberry’s testimony or the corporation records admitted into evidence at Petitioner’s trial. (6/2/04 HRT 233, 242, 251.) Mr. Luck stated that Stride Rite kept very complete records and there would be records of sales made to smaller retailers. (6/2/04 HRT 232, 242.)”

            You’re also misrepresenting the results of the EDTA testing. The State’s expert’s results were the result of contamination in his lab. That is why they were withdrawn and why they were deemed unreliable by Judge Huff and the 9th Circuit panel.

            Cooper had his own expert, whose results did not support his tampering claim:

            “. . .the court alternatively found that Dr. Ballard’s results disprove Cooper’s theory of tampering because Cooper’s theory requires a high level of EDTA presence in the blood, but the EDTA level in the stain with blood was actually lower than that of most of the control areas. See Order at 933-50 (describing process and making EDTA findings).”

            As for the cigarette butts, Cooper has never proven that they were planted. He presented that allegation at his trial and the jury rejected it.

            You have confused Daniel Gregonis with Deputy William Baird. The state and federal courts have rejected these claims in Cooper’s multiple post-conviction proceedings.

            I think you’re confused. Other “former FBI” agents rendered an opinion regarding cases in North Carolina, which is irrelevant to Cooper’s case. Thomas Parker (the former director of the L.A. FBI field office) and Gregg McCrary have both rendered opinions on behalf of Cooper. Both are now highly paid experts and it is no surprise that they are saying what Cooper and his advocates want to hear. They would not be earning their retainers/fees if they didn’t.

            Paul Ingels, Cooper’s former defense investigator, and Dr. Edward Blake, an expert for Cooper at trial and prior to the post-conviction DNA testing in 2001 had this to say about his guilt:

            “… Doubts led former Pomona cop Paul Ingels to become a private investigator for Cooper’s post-conviction appeals. “I’m a fact-finder,” Ingels told me. “I fought hard to get him DNA testing.

            “Unfortunately, the DNA came back, and it just locked in his guilt,” Ingels noted.

            * * *

            “Dr. Edward T. Blake boasts that he has been involved in “more post-conviction exonerations than anybody in the world,” and he worked for Cooper’s defense.

            “As a professional, Blake doesn’t appreciate others trying to game DNA testing.

            “I asked, “Is Cooper guilty?” “Yeah, he’s guilty,” Blake answered, “as determined by the trial and the failure of a very extensive post-conviction investigation to prove otherwise.””

            Based on your various posts, your opinions are based on nothing more than the conclusory allegations made by Cooper’s advocates, the majority of which are contradicted by evidence and testimony submitted at Cooper’s trial and post-conviction hearings. This is further evidenced by your insistence on continuing to assert a position regarding the luminol testing that has never been asserted or proven in any of Cooper’s post-conviction claims.

            DNA proves that Cooper is guilty. Cooper bears the burden of proving tampering and/or planting of evidence and he has consistently failed to do so.

            There is no evidence that corroborates Roper’s claim regarding a hatchet that allegedly belonged to Lee Furrow. You’re also demonstrating that your opinion are not based on a thorough reading of all of the appellate opinions. Had you read any of those opinions, you would know that Diana Roper was not a reliable witness. That is why the defense did not call her to testify at Cooper’s trial.

            “Diana Roper, now deceased, was abusing drugs and had a motive for disparaging Furrow since he left her the night of the murders, and had begun a sexual relationship with her childhood friend, Debbie Glasgow. (Answer, Ex. 37 (Furrow Decl.).) Significantly, Furrow had an alibi for the night of the murders. He was seen at a concert that night in Glen Helen Park with Debbie Glasgow. It would have been a poor strategy to claim that they traveled from the concert in Glen Helen to Chino Hills, murdered the Ryens and Chris Hughes, and returned home to Mentone. (See Answer, (map); 37 (Furrow Decl.); 39(Darnell Decl.); 41 (Schepling Decl.); 47 (Curry Decl.).) In any event, Roper’s statements about Furrow do not constitute reliable evidence that could support an actual innocence claim. See Schlup, 513 U.S. at 324, 115 S.Ct. 851; Thompson, 523 U.S. at 559, 118 S.Ct. 1489.”

            You would also know about the hatchet:

            “A local citizen discovered the hatchet on June 5, 1983 on the side of English Road, the only paved road leading from the Ryen home out of the immediate area. (89 RT 3519; 90 RT 3791.) The hatchet was covered by bloodstains; its head was covered by dried blood and human hairs. (90 RT 3797.) Some of the hairs were consistent with those of Doug and Josh Ryen. (96 RT 5015-16.) Dr. Irving Root, who performed the autopsies, concluded that the hatchet could have inflicted the chopping wounds [510 F.3d 898] suffered by the victims. (90 RT 3870.) Post-conviction DNA testing confirmed that the blood came from the murder victims. (Supplemental DOJ Physical Evidence Exam Report dated Sept. 24, 2002.)

            “The hatchet had been kept in a sheath by the fireplace in the hideout house. (86 RT 2685, 2715, 2878-79, 3004.) On June 7, two employees of the owner of the hideout house, Richard Sibbitt and Perry Burcham, discovered the sheath to the hatchet lying on the floor near the bedroom where Petitioner slept. The bedroom had been previously occupied by Kathleen Bilbia, who lived in the hideout house in May. (86 RT 2859-60.) Bilbia recalled seeing it by the fireplace when she was cleaning the house. (86 RT 2685.) The sheath was not on the floor when Bilbia vacated the room. (86 RT 2677, 3004-05.)”

          • DarthYan

            1.) Given that the vial was checked out for 24 hours, Gregonis was still possibly corrupt.

            2.) Given the antics of the prosecutors (Tearing down the crime scene, threatening a witness when he confirmed seeing three white men in the bar) it’s not impossible they were willing to plant evidence.

            3.) I looked over the appeals. The state didn’t really give them the chance to prove the allegations. They weren’t allowed to cross examine Josh Ryen in 2005 even though his statements were inconsistent. In short, Cooper DIDN’T have a good chance to make his case. Appeals courts are like that

            Also the “contamination” explanation basically sounds like an excuse. He didn’t explain HOW it was contaminated he just said “sorry it’s contaminated” and withdrew it. That sounds like someone who gave an inconvenient answer. The dissenting judges examined the results and concluded that the results probably were legitimate. Also, you fail to explain why the blood of TWO people were found in the vial.

            The hatchet itself was found outside the house. Someone could have left it there. The sheath could have well been planted.

            Furrow’s whereabouts were unaccounted for after the early evening. The murder occurred around 11-midnight.

            Given how corrupt the police were it’s totally possible they planted evidence. Why would they refuse to indict Baird despite his guilt? Because doing so would have hurt the case.

            Also, given that when blood was tested for the car it was found in the back seat, passenger seat, drivers seat etc. What did cooper climb all over the car?

            As someone else pointed out…..
            When the Ryens’ station wagon was found in Long Beach six days after the murders were discovered, sheriff’s deputies visually inspected the vehicle’s contents and then did a more thorough inventory of the car’s interior when they impounded it and processed it for evidence. Neither of thse detailed reports indicated the presence of cigarette butts or loose tobacco in the car. A later inventory report — handwritten, undated, unsigned — would include both. Considering that Cooper was alleged to have fled alone in the station wagon, the loose tobacco’s location, on the floor between the front passenger seat and the front passenger door, was puzzling, and so were the locations of the two cigarette butts.

            The hand-rolled butt was in the passenger side seat, pressed into the crevice by the vertical and horizontal portions of the seat. The Viceroy butt was under the passenger seat. The location of both the rolled butt and the Viceroy butt suggested someone sitting in the passenger seat had deposited them. The blood evidence in the car also supported the notion that someone had sat in the passenger seat. When Luminol testing of the car was conducted the day after it was found, a positive reaction for blood was detected from the passenger compartment, seat, and floorboard. There was also blood on the lower portion of the driver’s door, the driver’s headrest, and in the back seat area as well. Blood in three separate areas of the station wagon would support the eyewitness testimony of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard, who reported seeing three white men driving rapidly away from the direction of the Ryens’ house around midnight on the night of the assault at the Ryens’ house. It also matched exactly what Josh Ryen told ER personnel that his attackers were three white men.

            The prosecution would contend at trial, based on Luminol testing of the shower in the hidelout house, that in washing up after the murders, Cooper had left traces of the victims’ blood on the shower walls in a broad swatch that went from two feet to approximately five feet above the shower’s floor. Inexplicably, there was no signs of the blood draining on the shower floor itself. A shower would cause the blood on a person splattered with blood to run down his body to the shower’s floor, not aggregate on the shower’s walls in a three-foot band ending some two-feet above the floor.

            The case was never airtight. You fail to realize that the state may well have deliberately blocked avenues that could have proven misconduct. They weren’t allowed to question Gregonis even though by his own admission he basically shit all over lab protocol. You refuse to point out that the blood spot had a history of being consumed and “reappearing”. Even if Cooper is guilty the police most definately were guilty of corruption. You’re trying way too hard to ignore things that disagree.

          • DarthYan

            quite frankly the appeals process doesn’t give a damn of innocence. There have been cases where it was proven someone was innocent and the “extensive post conviction investigation” says they did it. Often times the state repeats things that have been disproven.

            Also, the controls weren’t legit. Except for number 6, which has background edta. That actually SUPPORTS the tampering. You’re being obtuse

          • DarthYan

            the problem is that if cooper washed off in the shower like the prosecution the blood would have pooled all on the bottom. It didn’t instead forming a ring band that ended two feet above the floor. Blood DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY.

            If Cooper had used all those weapons (what little examination was done implies Doug was awake) than how in gods name could he overpower two physically armed adults who were in good condition and had loaded weapons, WHILE CONTROLLING THREE CHILDREN AND DRAGGING ONE INTO THE HOUSE all while inflicting multiple injuries in four minutes.

            Given that the vial has a history of being consumed and than reappearing, it’s possible that the assertions made about the samples being legitimate are false and tahat Fletcher rightfully said the prosecution used dubious samples for control

            There are way to many odd elements in the case to say the police were good. At BEST they illegally concealed evidence. At worst they planted it to get the desired result

          • Lisa O’Brien

            DarthYan, it’s actually unreasonable to rely on conclusory allegations made in the media and never presented, let alone proven, in any of Cooper’s many post-conviction claims to say that Cooper is innocent.

            What bathroom floor are you referring to? If it’s the Lease house, then the presence or absence of blood is not dispositive. Hair from both Jessica Ryen and Doug Ryen were found in the Lease house.

            The alleged presence of “foreign” blood in a vial is also not dispositive of Cooper’s innocence. In fact, this appears to be yet another conclusory allegation that has neither been presented, nor proven in any court.

            The irregularities with the search of the vehicle and the location of the cigarettes and tobacco were raised with the jury, who did not find them sufficient to raise doubts about Cooper’s guilt.

            Midge Carroll’s statements about the ProKeds shoes were not based on her own firsthand knowledge. They were based, allegedly, on investigation done by subordinates. They were also soundly refuted by records and testimony directly from Stride Rite, the manufacturer, which proved that the shoes were only available to government agencies and not for retail sale.

          • jrube

            Well said!

          • jfoster13

            I think you need to go back and read the article. It states that there are judges who believe he is innocent of the murders for which he received the death sentence. He had escaped from a minimum security prison prior to those murders. It did not say he committed any other murders! Try to be objective here and let your prejudices relax for a minute.

          • Adam Vant

            You’re right, I am prejudiced. I have a thing against vicious murderers. Hopefully Kevin Cooper will be executed soon as he so rightfully deserves.

          • http://Masterbaitonline.com John Doeboy

            Maybe not prejudiced… more likely just an idiot. You’re one of those “liberal agenda” guys, right? One of those, “if people obey the law then nothing unjust ever happens” guys… am I still on the right track? One of those, “Obama is a muslim sympathizer, and possibly a muslim himself,” right? Climate change is a scam because it’s warm where I live, “damn liberal agenda!” guys, right? Guns are not a real issue, “it’s the murderous illegals flooding our borders and the blacks in chicago,” right. #Trump2016, right? You’re a faux news puppet. Most likely from Alabama, Arizona, or Florida.

          • jrube

            Really, you have to make this into a political discussion?

          • Adam Vant

            Cooper’s lawyers argued that DNA testing, unavailable during the 1985 trial, would exonerate Cooper. When the tests finally were done, DNA nailed Cooper to the crime scene, where he claimed never to have been. The guy is guilty. He’s a vicious murderer and deserves to die. Hopefully he’ll be executed soon.

          • DarthYan

            since two people’s blood were in that vial, that doesn’t mean a thing.

          • Ron

            You are a lying piece of scum. Dna never linked him coward. They only did a blood test that did not match and the never did a dna test liar.

          • Adam Vant

            Death to Kevin Cooper! Die Kevin Cooper! Murdering scum Kevin Cooper!

          • Charles Hill

            Why you lie?

          • jrube

            My Gosh, you really are a vile person. I’ll bet you are the type of person who is always right, in your own mind that is. I’ll bet those who are living around you or work with you find you to be a real PITA.

          • Eddy Sealy

            Your dad should have put you in a condom..

          • Adam Vant

            Your feelings don’t change the facts that Kevin Cooper is a vicious murderer who hopefully will be executed soon.

          • Olive Seraphim

            You think you know better than the judges who said his trial was equivalent to no trial at all and that he’s most likely innocent?

          • DarthYan

            since the dna was claimed lost at first only to resurface……yeah. If you don’t think that’s odd

          • DarthYan

            You’re prejudiced against an innocent man. Given that the cops WERE corrupt (they destroyed exculpatory evidence and lied about it) that the blood evidence wasn’t as airtight (it had a history of vanishing and resurfacing, was checked out for twentyfour hours and had TWO people’s blood in the vial) and that multiple people independently vouched to seeing three white men covered in blood it’s likely, nay probable that it was lee furrow and his crew who killed the ryens

          • Adam Vant

            Baloney. Kevin Cooper has appealed and appealed and appealed and appealed and been turned down over and over. He must die for his vicious crimes. Die Kevin Cooper! Die!

          • DarthYan

            even judges who said the verdict is upheld have stated that the police broke the law by destroying the coveralls. Also, there have been quite a few exonerated inmates whose sentences were “upheld” by the court. Even if Cooper is guilty the cops WERE guilty of corruption in that case. As I said, the vial had TWO people’s blood in. That implies the cops removed some of Cooper’s blood and put someone elses blood to hide it.

            More importantly a.) according to what little analysis of the crime scene was done, doug and peggy probably DID fight back. Doug made it to his wife’s side of the bed and than struggled back. That implies he WASN’T asleep when struck. b.) Peggy Ryen cradled her daughter as she died. Again, how could she do that if she was asleep c.) the daughter Jessica made it out of the house very briefly.

            How could one man, juggling multiple weapons at the same time (a hatchet, an ice pick and a third) overpower two physically fit ARMED adults (both the parents had guns) while controlling three children WHILE juggling weapons….in the span of a few minutes. It’s ridiculous. Jessica had a BLONDE Hair in her hand when she was found

            Also, not only did two people near the house vouch for seeing a van that looked like the ryens leaving. Shortly afterwards witnesses in a bar near the place saw three white men COVERED in blood walk in. One of them was wearing coveralls. By sheer coincidence…..furrow had coveralls on.

            AGain. Lee Furrow slaughtered the Ryens

          • Adam Vant

            Kevin Cooper has filed multiple appeals and applications for a writ of habeas corpus, all of which have been denied. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Cooper’s third petition for a writ of habeas corpus. The court said, “As the district court, and all state courts, have repeatedly found, evidence of Cooper’s guilt was overwhelming. The tests that he asked for to show his innocence ‘once and for all’ show nothing of the sort.” Die, Kevin Cooper, die!

          • DarthYan

            some of the judges said that the verdict had to be upheld regardless of doubts. The Circuit court of appeals may have gotten it wrong. You think that just because they were denied it means that they were illegitimate. Tell that to David Spence. Just because the court found a certain way doesn’t make it right. I laid out very clear evidence. You’re basically sticking fingers in your ears going LALALALALA I’m not listening LALALALALA

          • Adam Vant

            The court ruled. Kevin Cooper is guilty. He must be executed for his heinous crimes. And when he is executed I will raise a glass and toast the Great State of California for finally dispensing justice.

          • Lisa O’Brien

            The dissents at the 9th Circuit have no legal bearing on the case. They are actually an example of how pervasive and egregious Cooper’s claims have become. The only opinions that matter are those that have consistent affirmed Cooper’s conviction and sentence and rejected all of his claims of innocence.

            In 2001, Cooper argued that DNA testing would exonerate him. When the DNA further implicated him, his advocates have embarked on a campaign of misinformation and “trial by media” to prove that he was framed.

          • jfoster13

            Thank you for a response that made some sense. Adam Vant just wants the guy executed without any argument against what was said in the article. You at least added some additional detail. However, the fact that there are judges who believe that the guy is innocent (assuming that’s true), and the fact that there have been horrible mistakes where innocent people have been put on death row, is it worth executing this person or should his sentence be commuted to life in prison to avoid making a horrible mistake?

          • Lisa O’Brien

            Those judges believe he “may be innocent.” Their opinion, however, appears to be solely based on the conclusory allegations made by Cooper, but never proven by him to the District Court, or the panel of the 9th Circuit responsible for deciding whether he was entitled to habeas relief on those claims. In fact, a reading of the original 9th Circuit opinion suggests that the dissenting members of the court ignored the prior evidentiary determinations made by the deciding panel:

            https://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2007/12/04/0599004noappendix.pdf

            Most egregiously, the judges ignored the results of post-conviction DNA testing that confirmed Cooper’s guilt:

            “Petitioner’s successive petition challenges the results of this post-conviction DNA testing. These DNA results provide strong evidence that Petitioner is the killer and sole person responsible for the Ryen/Hughes murders. (DOJ Physical Evidence Exam Report dated July 2, 2002; Supplemental DOJ Physical Evidence Exam Report dated Sept. 24, 2002.) Specifically the results established that Petitioner was the donor of the DNA found on the following items:

            “(1) a bloodstain in the Ryen home near the master bedroom where the victims were attacked matched Cooper’s DNA profile and was found to occur at random in the population with a frequency of approximately 1 in 310 billion for African Americans, 1 in 270 billion for Caucasians, and 1 in 340 billion for Western Hispanics;

            “(2) two cigarette butts found in the stolen Ryen station wagon when it was recovered in Long Beach had Cooper’s DNA, with one cigarette having enough DNA sample that it would occur at random in the population with a frequency of about 1 in 19 billion African Americans, 1 in 11 billion for Caucasians, and 1 in 15 billion for Western Hispanics; and the other cigarette having enough DNA sample that it would occur at random in the population with a frequency of about 1 in 110 million African Americans, 1 in 16 million for Caucasians, and 1 in 12 million for Western Hispanics; and

            “(3) a bloodstain on a[T-] shirt found on the side of a road within two miles of the Ryen home had DNA matching Cooper’s and partial DNA profiles matching that of two of the victims, Doug and Peggy Ryen. The DNA matching Cooper’s found on the t-shirt occurs at random in the population with a frequency of about 1 in 110 million for African Americans, 1 in 16 million for Caucasians, and 1 in 12 million for Western Hispanics.

            “(Supplemental DOJ Physical Evidence Exam Report dated Sept. 24, 2002 at 1-4.) In addition to the DNA evidence inculpating Petitioner, DNA profiles of blood taken from a hatchet that was taken from the house where Petitioner hid after his escape from prison matched that of several of the victims including Doug Ryen, Jessica Ryen and Chris Hughes. (Supplemental DOJ Physical Evidence Exam Report dated Sept. 24, 2002 at 4.)”

            Further testing post-2001 failed to prove Cooper’s innocence:

            “According to the report, the hairs contained in Jessica Ryen’s hands were either animal hairs or hairs from Jessica herself or from someone maternally related to her. (Dr. Melton’s Report at 6-8.) Two of the ten hairs selected by Dr. DeForest, Petitioner’s expert, were from domestic dogs. (Dr. Melton’s Report at 3.) The results confirmed that Jessica Ryen, Peggy Ryen, and Josh Ryen and their maternal relatives could not be excluded as the donors of the tested hairs, including the hairs found in Jessica Ryen’s hand. (Dr. Melton’s Report at 6-8.)”

            Cooper bears the burden of proving his claims. The fact that the state and federal courts have ruled against him indicates that he has failed to meet his burden.

          • Ron

            Absolutely wrong

          • Lisa O’Brien

            Your response is insufficient, Ron.

          • DarthYan

            given that the blood vial had TWO people’s blood in the vial, as well as how even aside from the 6 judges ANOTHER 6 felt that evidence had been suppressed enough to warrant a retrial it could just be that the federal court members are idiots. The Cigarettes were only found on the THIRD search of the car.

            I’ll just quote J patrick o conner on the subject

            “It was never established at trial or at any other time that the other weapons used in the Chino Hills murders — an ice pick and one or two knives — were from the hideout house. I know this because I read and annotated the trial transcript. What has always struct me as so completely counter-intuitive is that one assailant would or even could use three or four weapons to carry out this brutal assault. Both Doug Ryen and Peggy Ryen were fit 41-year-olds who kept loaded weapons in the master bedroom. We know from the medical examiner’s report that Doug Ryen made it on foot from his side of the bed to his wife’s side of the bed and then back to his side of the bed during this attack. If there had only been one assialant, Peggy would have had time to reach into her nightstand drawer and pull out the loaded Ruger pistol she kept there. We also know from the blood patters that the medical examiner noted that at some time during this attack Peggy was standing over her daughter. We know from expert trial testimony that Jessica made it outside the house during the attack. Once again, if there was only assailant, Peggy would have had time to get her Ruger while the lone assailant was outside chasing down Jessica.”

            I still don’t know who Peter Wexler is but I’m going to respond to his latest post in the interest of clarity. He persists, without any proof, in asserting that the quarters Cooper used to pay for his hotel room in Tijuana were stolen from Jessica’s Ryen’s bedroom. I explained in my last post where Cooper got those quarters and that nothing — even money sitting in plain sight in the Ryens’ home — was stolen from the Ryens other than their station wagon.

            At Cooper’s trial, the prosecution argued that a single drop of blood in the Ryens’ house linked Cooper to the crime. This tiny drop was entered into evidence as “A-41.” It was allegedly found at the far end of a hallway wall near the Ryens’ living room, a few inches above the hallway carpeting. It was “found” by acting crime lab manager William Baird. Baird would be fired shortly after Cooper’s trial concluded in 1985 for stealing five pounds of heroin from the property room at the sheriff’s department. He admitted he stole the heroin to supply his own drug habit and to sell it back to drug dealers for profit. The five pounds he was caught stealing had a street value of $150,000. Despite committing grand larcency, Baird would not be prosecuted.

            Although A-41 was turned over to the crime lab for testing on June 7, 1983 — two days after the Chino Hills murders were discovered and before Cooper was even known to have stayed at the hideout house — Crime Lab Criminalist Daniel Gregonis waited five days to even test it to find out if it was human blood. By this time, Cooper had been named as the lone assailant of the murders and his genetic profile had arrived at the crime lab courtesy of the Pittsburgh, Pa., Police Department.

            Gregonis delayed the most sensitive and discriminating tests of A-41 until he had a vial of Cooper’s blood that was withdrawn from Cooper in the crime lab on August 1, 1983, two days after Cooper was arrested. As Gregonis finally admitted during cross-examination at Cooper’s trial, instead of running a blind test of A-41 and Cooper’s blood sample as lab testing protocol called for. Gregonis placed a sample of Cooper’s blood on the same testing plate with A-41 and reported that the blood characteristics of A-41 matched those of Cooper’s blood. By the time Gregonis finished being cross-examined, A-41 as a link to Cooper was destroyed.

            When the Ryens’ station wagon was found in Long Beach six days after the murders were discovered, sheriff’s deputies visually inspected the vehicle’s contents and then did a more thorough inventory of the car’s interior when they impounded it and processed it for evidence. Neither of thse detailed reports indicated the presence of cigarette butts or loose tobacco in the car. A later inventory report — handwritten, undated, unsigned — would include both. Considering that Cooper was alleged to have fled alone in the station wagon, the loose tobacco’s location, on the floor between the front passenger seat and the front passenger door, was puzzling, and so were the locations of the two cigarette butts.

            The hand-rolled butt was in the passenger side seat, pressed into the crevice by the vertical and horizontal portions of the seat. The Viceroy butt was under the passenger seat. The location of both the rolled butt and the Viceroy butt suggested someone sitting in the passenger seat had deposited them. The blood evidence in the car also supported the notion that someone had sat in the passenger seat. When Luminol testing of the car was conducted the day after it was found, a positive reaction for blood was detected from the passenger compartment, seat, and floorboard. There was also blood on the lower portion of the driver’s door, the driver’s headrest, and in the back seat area as well. Blood in three separate areas of the station wagon would support the eyewitness testimony of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard, who reported seeing three white men driving rapidly away from the direction of the Ryens’ house around midnight on the night of the assault at the Ryens’ house. It also matched exactly what Josh Ryen told ER personnel that his attackers were three white men.

            The prosecution would contend at trial, based on Luminol testing of the shower in the hidelout house, that in washing up after the murders, Cooper had left traces of the victims’ blood on the shower walls in a broad swatch that went from two feet to approximately five feet above the shower’s floor. Inexplicably, there was no signs of the blood draining on the shower floor itself. A shower would cause the blood on a person splattered with blood to run down his body to the shower’s floor, not aggregate on the shower’s walls in a three-foot band ending some two-feet above the floor.

            The day before Cooper occupied the hideout house, Kathy Bilbia, the previous tenant, finished moving out, but not before cleaning the shower with bleach, a substance that reacts to Luminol testing in the same manner blood does — it shows up.

            Due to the total contamination and destruction of the crime scene, no one has ever been able to determine how the assault on the Ryens occurred; no one knows the order of their deaths. Mr. Wexler claiming that he does is simply off the wall. The medical examiner, before the crime scene was completely destroyed, was able to conclude that Doug Ryen made it from his side of the bed to his wife’s side of the bed and then back to his side of the bed where his body was found. The medical examiner also had blood evidence that Mrs. Ryen was at some point cradling her daughter.

            All this implies that it would have been physically impossible for Cooper to carry out the crime as the prosecution contended, and that the prosecutors DID plant evidence.

            Even judges who didn’t think cooper was innocent suspected that evidence had been planted. AS such the assertions that “the samples disprove the petitioners assertions” is disproven.

          • jrube

            You are a horrible person! The man is innocent and yet you still say execute him. You better hope that you are never convicted for something you did not do. You disgust me.

          • Mr_R

            If you accept the results of a rigged process… some judges believed it… others did not because they saw that it was rigged. The simple fact is, it is very easy to get away with murder, particularly of a stranger… and there is pressure on the police to solve a murder. Framing someone becomes a convenient answer. That what happened.

          • Adam Vant

            It wasn’t a rigged trial. The evidence against Kevin Cooper was overwhelming. He was convicted and sentenced to death. The California Supreme Court reviewed the case and found the evidence to be overwhelming. So did the 9th Circuit. Cooper demanded DNA tests, the results of which put him right in the room where Cooper said he wasn’t. No matter how much evidence there was it’ll never convince you and the other triple-murderer-loving fools. Hopefully Kevin Cooper will be executed soon.

          • Ron

            You are the biggest liar around. Pathetic

          • Adam Vant

            Death to Kevin Cooper!

          • Charles Hill

            The only survivor said the men that killed his family was not black. can you see past the fact that he is black and seek justice for the family!

        • http://dismas.tk Darryl Ward

          Look at Vant’s comments elsewhere. He actually believes President Obama – who is a Christian – is a Muslim, and Bernie Sanders is a communist.

          There is no point even attempting to reason with people like that.

          • jfoster13

            Darryl, you might as well talk to a tomato. This guy is narrow-minded and I think he’s enjoying this. You can’t reason with an idiot.

        • Techfan

          I think maybe Adan Vant is one of the three white or hispanic males that the witness described. What better way to cover your own guilt than to blame it on another.

          I think Adam Vant needs to be put down like a rabid dog, the same way he wishes for Cooper to be “put down.”

        • Johnson

          I’m from California and I disagree Mr Adam Vant 😡

    • Gabe Davis

      You dumb ass. Would you say the same if it were your kid in this questionable trial? Go Fuck yourself you Viagra using dildo head.

      • Adam Vant

        It wasn’t a questionable trial. Read the 1991 California Supreme Court decision. I know you won’t read it because you just believe what you believe, facts be damned.

        • Nessa MrsJean Pierre

          Are You STUPID Or Did You Not Read WHERE It Clearly Says That Evidence Was Withheld And Fabricated. Did you read the decision…did you read the witness statement identifying 3 whites or white Hispanics? Did you read anything? Obviously not… did you read that there was no evidence against him. Every pc of evidence against him was fabricated and the evidence that proved his innocence was destroyed? Did you read a dam thing…some audacity u have coward ass racist. I love how yall hide behind screen names but can’t stand strong behind your ideology.

        • Nuur Jiir Aamusane

          What part of the trail you didn’t understand if you are not just stinky skin head. Go back and read, the eye witness said they were three white or spanic Looking man who commit the crime+ it only took four minutes to kill every body.
          Fuck you!! How long you want to kill the Africans senselessly??

          • Adam Vant

            Kevin Cooper is a vicious murderer. His execution will be a blessing to the people of California.

          • Olive Seraphim

            you can repeat this lie til you’re blue in the face but it doesn’t make it true. The fact that you can’t respond to anyone’s actual comments and questions further proves that you have zero basis for this conclusion besides your own prejudice

          • Adam Vant

            “As the district court, and all state courts, have repeatedly found, evidence of Cooper’s guilt was overwhelming. The tests that he asked for to show his innocence ‘once and for all’ show nothing of the sort.” — Cooper v. Brown, 510 F.3d 870 (9th Cir. 2007). Read it and weep. Death to Kevin Cooper!

          • Joan Maglitto

            Adam Vant are you related to one of the victims?

          • jfoster13

            You are acting like this is personal and you come off as just wanting the guy to die regardless of whether there are questions about his innocence. I hope you’re not a cop and damn sure hope you’re not in the justice system. It is people like you where innocent people are convicted. It’s just a numbers game to you.

          • Adam Vant

            It’s not personal at all. Kevin Cooper is a vicious murderer who was tried, convicted and sentenced to death for his brutal crimes. His case was reviewed by the California Supreme Court which found the evidence of Cooper’s guilt overwhelming. So did the 9th Circuit. Cooper is guilty and his execution should have taken place long ago. Hopefully it will take place soon. When Cooper is executed I will say “HOORAY FOR CALIFORNIA!”

    • Cee jay

      Even if he is innoçent and the real killers are still running free? How is that “justice “? So,it doesn’t matter to you as long someone is killed in exchange for these murders?

      • Adam Vant

        Yeah, Cee jay, the “real” killers are hanging out with the “real” killers who murdered Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson. Dolt.

    • msmojo

      SUCK MY BALLS YOU MOLDY TROLL

      • Adam Vant

        Death for Kevin Cooper! Slow painful excruciating death!

    • John

      I will cheer louder when you die and hopefully there will be suffering involved!

    • JackLinks

      I hope and pray that when your time comes you’ll be brutally raped, with your family watching, until your last breath is squeezed out of you!

      • Adam Vant

        When my time comes I will die peacefully surrounded by my loving family, all of whom will have lived productive law-abiding lives and none of whom will have brutally murdered 4 people like Kevin Cooper did. Will anyone even claim Kevin Cooper’s body after he’s executed? At least it’ll already be embalmed!

    • Charles Hill

      did you not see that 3 white or hispanics did the crime, does that even matter to you or is it just another nigger dead for you?

  • Erica

    Before we decide if he should get out can we know what he escaped prison for the first time….? IJS

    • charles braswell

      He’s not getting the death penalty for escaping prison! One has nothing to do with the other!

      • jrube

        I think he means what was he in prison for? What was his crime that landed him there in the first place.

  • cupcake333

    there.is.nothing.to.decide.on…the.man.didnt.do.it…..they.alway.diggin.up.some.blaackma.on.criminal

  • Steven Runyon

    Who cares, I’m just glad that they are starting to reboot the killing factory in Cali after shutting it down for these last few years. Line em up boys and start throwing out the trash.

    • jrube

      I’ll bet if it was your loved one or yourself in his shoes you’d be singing a different tune.

  • Steven Runyon

    In other news blacks continue to kill eachother at a staggering rate but they don’t care about that.

    • Terri Meredith

      in other categorically ignored news, whites continue to kill each other at a staggering rate, but you don’t care about that, because it doesn’t fit your racist template/narrative.

      • Steven Runyon

        Actually Blacks kill blacks at a higher percentage and the rate they kill eachother is actually pretty impressive considering they only make up 12% of the population. Sorry your race is such a blight on our country but the good news is there is only so much evil you can due to everyone since you are only 12% of the population. Have a nice day.

        • fukhowufeel305

          Actually your race has committed more murderers and heinous crimes through out the history of the world than any other race so get your facts straight !!! racist piece of crap

          • Terri Meredith

            Runyon doesn’t want to know that….Runyon easily reads only within that comfort zone that all racists adhere to. Runyon will have to have someone explain this to him. Runyon will feel small, but he will still “act” big. it doesn’t matter. https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2010/crime-in-the-u.s.-2010/tables/table-43

          • fukhowufeel305

            Absolutely couldn’t have said it better !!!

          • maggie m

            thanks. Lets talk crime and getting away with it …

            Perhaps one should begin by reminding this fool that however much he wants to pretend, the “light skinned” of this world – and particularly of these Americas did not become so due to mere chance or because black females jumped the bones of white men.

            It was because young black women and girls, some 10, 11, 12 years old, mere children, many barely of child-bearing age, like the ones he has in his family and the ones his friend “ADAM VANT” believes will surround him lovingly at his death, were RAPED in the thousands by men like him, his daddy, grand-daddy and great-grand-daddy. We will not get into a long discussion about the YOUNG BOYS they similarly violated. Their ancestors have never admitted it, taken responsibility for it and even in this modern era continue to get away with rape and murder.

            You should therefore not expect more from a person who likely came out of a line of rapists and murderers. We would not expect him to have concern for the truth or for justice.
            IT WASN’T until 1959 that a white man was arrested, charged, convicted and sentenced for the rape of a black woman. These 4 fools laughed all the way to the police station – so confident were they that they would get off as all their other brothers and daddies had done

            THIS LINK is just one example of white “justice”, rape and “the law”!
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Jean_Owens

          • fukhowufeel305

            Exactly……I’ve notice racist always want to point out the Black race as criminals but fail to see or don’t care that crimes in the past and to date are still being committed by a race that have killed,stolen and raped from every other race in the history of the world …smfh shouldn’t expect them to understand nor care you’re right !!!

        • Terri Meredith

          you are unfortunate…AND boring…what a pathetic combination. Go busy yourself by distinguishing how one of your fingers smell from the other and why. Put some facts down there for you in another comment. That’s me being kind and giving you credit for being able to analyze compiled information. You’re welcome.

  • Athena

    If you want to do something about this Call and e-mail the California Governor Jerry Brown and demand the release of innocent Kevin Cooper.Tell him he will directly be responsible for the murder of an innocent man if he doesn’t decide to release Kevin Cooper from the Death Penalty and prison. Governor Jerry Brown c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: (916) 445-2841 Fax: (916) 558-3160. It carries more gravity if you are actually from California and a constituent but if he gets a flood of e-mails and calls demanding this he will know people are paying attention, no politician wants to be responsible for the death of an innocent person (and have people know about it).

  • Gemma

    They forgot one critical piece of information. The police tracked him down because he was driving the murdered family’s car, yet he wasn’t near the crime scene. Coincidence?

  • jrube

    This is heart breaking to say the least. I wish someone could do something, hopefully the Gov will see how criminal his conviction is and set him free and also charges being made against the crooked SOB’s who got him convicted. IMO the only reason the Gov wouldn’t do it is because the state doesn’t want the possibility of having to pay out millions in a law suit against them.

  • Adam Roger Kearley
  • guest

    It is cheaper now for the States to kill him than pay him out after he’s freed. This is the world we live in. No law, no group, no person, and no institution should bear the the rights to take another person’s life. None!

  • John Derry

    See when a race of people grow up feeling and being self Intitled,Even when their wrong nobody wants to play fair and the bottom Line is they place no Value on us brown folks. And we are wrong for doing the same right? Cross me you get Exposed and eletrictronicly Labeled due to the people who do care about me worldwide!Johnjon cannot hide.

  • Johnny Cage Jr.

    that’s the most stupid thing ever.why are you going to execute an innocent man??this country has no sympathy for black men

  • Angel27

    Wow blacks killing each other….I’m not racist but whites killing each other also and killing them dam selves can u say suicidal such a jerk

  • Karye Ann

    He should be released and the prosecutors should be tried. Not prosecuting the police and lawyers who do these things, ensures it will happen over and over again.

  • AndrewM.(banned from Facebook)

    The State should never have a right, you, a person, can’t have. The State should not be allowed to murder if we, the people can’t commit murder.

  • GOP FREE

    If he was white this could not / would not happen.

  • Beelzebub

    Lynch this N*GGER

  • hitmhard313

    This is why the system of racism white supremacy has to be destroyed

  • Kelly Payne

    THE SHERIFF S AND THE PROSECUTOR NEED TO BE ARRESTED AND CHARGED. IF HE IS EXECUTED THE CHARGES SHOULD INCLUDE MURDER. MURDER.

  • http://shryve.webs.com/ William

    Added to this tragedy is the fact that the real killers of those people have been free since 1983. Who knows how many other people they have killed in years pasted.

  • Evelyn Khelama

    Purchase the book “One Hundred Years Of Lynchings” by Ralph Ginzburg, which documents how the criminal justice system covered up insidious efforts by law enforcement to falsely accuse and convict black people from the turn of the century through the early 70’s. Then read “Slavery By Another Name” by Douglas Blackmon, Wall Street reporter, for more documentation on legal corruption with racism as its driving force. The hatred interwoven in this society at its very core and foundation is diabolical and bizarre in its scope and practice. Black Americans should have followed the Native American model: separate, sovereign and equal. It is the only way their survival could be assured.

  • Nikki

    Food for thought! They allowed this man to escape so they could murder the family!

  • Nikki

    Food for thought! They allowed Mr. Cooper to escape, so they could murder the family.

  • dipdawg

    they do not execute anyone in Kalifornia.