State Supreme Court refuses to hear case of OC college student convicted of 1979 murder of nurse – Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The California Supreme Court refused today to review
the case of an Orange County engineer who was convicted of the 1979 murder of
a 28-year-old Torrance nurse he had briefly dated.
Douglas Gordon Bradford is serving a 26-year-to-life state prison term
for Lynne Knight’s strangulation.
At his December 2014 sentencing, he maintained that someone else
committed the crime.
“I’m an innocent man wrongly convicted. I’m mad as hell I’m paying for
someone else’s crime,” the defendant said then.
In March, a three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of
Appeal rejected the defense’s claim that much of the circumstantial evidence at
trial should not have been admitted and that the jury should have been told
about two other potential suspects interviewed by police.
Bradford’s appellate attorney also argued that Bradford was prejudiced
by a delay of more than three decades in prosecuting the murder.
In their March 13 ruling, the appellate court justices laid out the
grisly details of Knight’s 3 a.m. murder at her Anza Avenue backlot apartment.
“While Knight laid in her bed, naked, the killer sat astride her and
pushed down on her neck with a homemade garrote — that is, a piece of wire
strung between two pieces of wood. The killer crushed her windpipe, so Knight’s
screams sounded more like the cries of an animal being slaughtered. Unable to
dispatch her with the garrote, the killer got up, retrieved a 10-inch knife
from her kitchen and proceeded to `slice, dice and butcher’ her, ultimately
severing her femoral artery; Knight bled to death.”
Knight had more than 15 stab wounds and one of her breasts was also
mutilated post-mortem.
Bradford — an engineering student at Cal State Long Beach at the time —
had dated Knight, who worked as a neonatal nurse at Little Company of Mary
Medical Center in Torrance, for about four months earlier that year.
The defense has maintained that Bradford was sailing off the coast of
Long Beach the night…

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