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Friday, 25 June 2021

Steven Crittenden sentenced to 63 years to life for 1987 murder of Chico doctor, wife

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Steven Crittenden sentenced to 63 years to life for 1987 murder of Chico doctor, wife
Steven Crittenden sentenced to 63 years to life for 1987 murder of Chico doctor, wife

A long-running Chico double murder case that landed Steven Crittenden on death row for the murders of Katherine and William Chiapella came to a conclusion Friday.

In 20-21.### a former chico state student admitted for the first time he killed a prominent chico doctor and his wife.

Steven crittenden..

Now in his 50's..

Pleaded guilty today in plumas county superior court to the murders of dr. william and katherine 'chiapella' in 1987.

His initial murder conviction was appealed because the only black juror in the case was excused..

Because she opposed the death penalty.

Crittenden agreed to the new plea..

Avoiding the death penalty and a new trial.

The couple..

In their 60's..

Was tortured and murdered in their home on downing avenue..

Action news now anchor debbie cobb was in court today for the proceedings..

And covered the 1987 murders and the initial trial in 1989 ..

Coming up next week, she'll have an extensive report on the case.

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