Death Sentence Upheld For Killer Of SoCal Radio Personality
May 25, 2007 at 5:33 AM (PT)
The CALIFORNIA Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of killing a radio reporter. ANDREW LANCASTER was convicted in 1998 of first-degree murder and kidnapping and sentenced to death in connection with the killing of PACIFICA noncomm KPFK/LOS ANGELES radio personality MICHAEL TAYLOR, reports THE SAN JOSE MERCURY-NEWS.
The court unanimously upheld LANCASTER's sentence THURSDAY. TAYLOR, who was 45 when he was killed, was an activist on black, urban, homeless and civil rights issues noted for his controversial views. He was found shot to death APRIL 23, 1996 in SOUTH LOS ANGELES.
Two others, JORNEY RODRIGUEZ and SHAWN ALEXANDER, also were convicted in the killing. Both testified against LANCASTER and received lesser sentences. Prosecutors said the three kidnapped TAYLOR, and LANCASTER tied him and shot him in the head in an extortion attempt over radio equipment.