FAIRFIELD — A murder case that began with the defendant blurting out his guilt at his first court appearance has shifted gears down to the more typical pace of most Solano County homicide prosecutions.
Dennis F. Stanworth, 70, of Vallejo, made his third court appearance Thursday where his court-appointed attorney asked for and received a two-month delay before scheduling a probable cause hearing. Judge Robert Bowers ordered Stanworth back to court April 16. Stanworth is in jail without bail.
Stanworth has pleaded not guilty to killing his 90-year-old mother. Vallejo police have said Stanworth contacted them Jan. 9 and told them he had killed his mother in November.
Stanworth was sentenced to die in December 1966 for the sexual assaults and brutal slayings of two Pinole teen girls. In 1972, when the state Supreme Court struck down California’s death penalty as cruel and unusual punishment, Stanworth had his death sentence changed to life in prison. He was paroled in 1990 and later moved to Vallejo.
Because of the previous murder convictions, Stanworth is again eligible for the death penalty.
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