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Former death row inmate accused of killing his mother in Vallejo

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From page A10 | January 10, 2013 | 5 Comments

Dennis Stanworth is shown in a photo provided by the Vallejo Police Department.

Dennis Stanworth is shown in a photo provided by the Vallejo Police Department.

FAIRFIELD — A 70-year-old former death row inmate was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of killing his 89-year-old mother in Vallejo.

Dennis Stanworth called Vallejo police shortly before noon and said he had killed his mother, according to Vallejo police. Officers responded to the 2500 block of Marshfield Road and Stanworth directed them to an area on the property where a woman was found dead, police report.

Police obtained a search warrant for the home and secured crime-scene evidence. Stanworth was interviewed and then arrested on suspicion of murder. He was booked into the Solano County jail.

The victim is believed to be Stanworth’s mother, Nellie Turner Stanworth. Confirmation of the victim’s identity is pending.

According to police, Dennis Stanworth has a long criminal history that includes two murder convictions for which he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to death in 1966 for kidnapping, sexually assaulting and shooting two teenage girls in Contra Costa County.

The victims were Caree Lee Collison, 14, and Susan Muriel Box, 15. The attack occurred Aug. 1, 1966. Box likely died instantly after being shot in the head, according to court records. Collison was alive when the girls were found two days later, but was comatose and never regained consciousness. She died several days later.

The attack on Box and Collison occurred amid a string of violent sexual assaults committed by Stanworth, according to court records.

Stanworth’s death sentence was reversed and he was sentenced to life in prison. He was later paroled and required to register as a sex offender.

The Vallejo incident remained under investigation Wednesday. Police are scheduled to provide an update at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Vallejo Police Department, 111 Amador St.

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Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He has worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid Washington Redskins fan, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.
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  • Nils CarlsonJanuary 10, 2013 - 5:09 am

    Good going, convicted murderer let out and then kills his mother. Unbelievable..

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  • BradJanuary 10, 2013 - 7:48 am

    Parole boards are a joke.

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  • S KJanuary 10, 2013 - 8:25 am

    A 100% perfect example of why the Death Penalty IS STILL necessary, and needs to be carried out. And if changed to a life sentence, it needs to be a life sentence WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE. When I read this I thought, "ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!" The person(s), board that was responsible for releasing him should have to serve whatever sentence he will now receive along with this (Can't even come up with a word that won't be censored>>LOL). But y'all can fill in the BLANK :-). But if society is lucky, another prisoner will put a Shiv into his ticker!!!!

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  • HistorianJanuary 10, 2013 - 10:07 am

    He was paroled on 1979. Wonder what he's been up to since then.

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  • Sheila ForsythSeptember 18, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    I went to elemenatary school and was a Brownie and Girl Scout with Carrie Collison, however, had moved to the East Bay by the time Carrie and Susan were murdered. I am always saddened by this, and agree that if a Life Sentence is given, it should remain such.

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