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    Bernard Lee Hamilton - California Death Row

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    Bernard Lee Hamilton


    Facts of the Crime:

    Convicted and sentenced to death for the May 31, 1979 kidnapping and murder of Eleanore Buchanan after she left a night college math class in San Diego County. He dismembered her body, disposed of her headless and handless corpse in California, and drove to Texas and Oklahoma where he was caught driving her stolen van.

    Hamilton was originally sentenced to death in 1981 and was resentenced to death in 1997.

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    February 25, 2009

    Court Upholds San Diego Man's Death Sentence


    The California Supreme Court Monday upheld the death sentence of a San Diego man convicted in the 1979 kidnapping and dismemberment killing of a 24-year-old Mesa College student.

    In 1981, a jury found Bernard Lee Hamilton guilty of murdering Eleanore Buchanan.

    Jurors also found true the special circumstances of murder during a robbery, burglary and kidnapping, and Hamilton was sentenced to death.

    On appeal, the California Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of guilt but set aside the special- circumstance findings because of instructional error.

    In December 1995, after a penalty phase retrial at which Hamilton represented himself, the jury recommended the death penalty for the defendant.

    Today, California's highest court affirmed Hamilton's death sentence.

    According to trial testimony, Hamilton kidnapped and murdered Buchanan after she left a college math class the night of May 30, 1979.

    He dismembered her body, disposed of her headless and handless corpse in Pine Valley, and drove to Oklahoma, where he was caught driving her van.

    http://www.10news.com/news/18777653/detail.html

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    On October 5, 2009, the US Supreme Court denied Hamilton's certiorari petition.

    http://www.supremecourt.gov/Search.a...s/08-10194.htm

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    Hamilton's habeas case before the California Supreme Court appears to have been fully briefed since October 30, 2013.

    http://appellatecases.courtinfo.ca.g...doc_no=S174549

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