Inmate on California death row dies…of old age

One of the longest-incarcerated inmates on California’s death row has died in San Quentin State Prison.

Stevie Lamar Fields, had been on death row since 1979 for a crime spree in Los Angeles when he kidnapped, raped and robbed four women and killed one of them, 26-year-old Rosemary Cobbs, a student librarian at the University of Southern California.

He was discovered unresponsive in his cell at 5:38 a.m. and while life-saving measures were attempted, he was pronounced dead at 6:05 a.m. He had no cellmate.

Fields was convicted of numerous felonies and sentenced to death. Only 13 inmates have been executed since California reinstated the death penalty in 1978.

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Examiner

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