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Death Row Inmate Dies of Natural Causes

Seventy condemned inmates have died from natural causes since California reinstated the death penalty in 1978

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    Prison guards walk down a corridor in the Adjustment Center at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, Dec. 29, 2015. With California's lethal injection protocol in limbo, the nearly 750 inmates at San Quentin State Prison, the nation’s most populous death row, are more likely to die from natural causes or suicide than execution.

    An inmate sentenced to death over 30 years ago was pronounced dead Saturday morning of natural causes in a California jail. 

    Bernard L. Hamilton, was sentenced on March 2, 1981, by a San Diego County jury for the 1979, first-degree murder and second-degree burglary of Eleanore Buchanan.

    Hamilton kidnapped, murdered and dismembered Buchanan’s body after she caught him burglarizing her van. He had a prior conviction for burglary in 1973.

    Hamilton had been on death row since March 4, 1981.

    Seventy condemned inmates have died from natural causes since California reinstated the death penalty in 1978.

    Twenty-five inmates have committed suicide, thirteen have been executed in California and two were executed in Missouri and Virginia.

    Eight other inmates have died from other causes, and one cause of death is pending.

    There are 747 offenders on California’s death row.