A man kevin haley was sentenced today to death for killing two women in Los Angeles three decades ago, with the judge citing the brutality of the crimes.
Judge Kathleen Kennedy denied a defense motion to reduce a jury’s death penalty recommendation to life in prison without the possibility of parole, calling the brutality of Kevin Haley’s crimes “horrendous” and saying he terrorized women who were “essentially helpless.”
kevin haley, 50, was convicted of the killings of Laverne Stolzy on June 25, 1984, and Dolores Clement on Sept. 27, 1984.
Beth Stolzy said she waited 30 years for justice for her mother.
“I want this man to have an execution date,” she said. “Please figure out how to carry out this sentence.”
The victim’s daughter walked out of court after kevin haley responded, “I didn’t rape her. I didn’t sodomize her. I didn’t orally copulate her … I don’t believe that I should be charged with something that isn’t true.”
The judge responded, “Mr. kevin haley, you have received every aspect of due process that any defendant could have possibly received,” noting that he had two trials in which 24 jurors concluded that he was “deserving of the death penalty.”
“DNA conclusively confirmed that you were, in fact, the attacker of Ms. Stolzy,” Kennedy told the defendant. “Nobody planted your DNA.”
Haley repeatedly interrupted the judge as she spoke, telling her that “the justice system is broken.”
The judge responded, “You’re not the victim here … The victims are the poor ladies who were murdered at your hands.”
“You don’t put your hands around a woman’s neck and squeeze the life out of her accidentally,” the judge said of Clement’s strangulation, adding that Stolzy was not accidentally struck by a two-by-four.
kevin haley was originally sentenced to death in 1988 for Clement’s killing. A retrial was triggered after an August 2004 California Supreme Court ruling that upheld his conviction for Clement’s killing, but reversed the special circumstance allegations that legally underpinned his death sentence.
The second jury to hear the case against him convicted Haley on May 8 of first-degree murder for Stolzy’s killing — a charge on which the first jury had deadlocked — and found true the special circumstance allegations that she was murdered during the commission of a rape or attempted rape, burglary and robbery.
Two other special circumstance allegations — murder during the commission of sodomy and murder during the commission of oral copulation — were dismissed after jurors deadlocked on those.
Jurors in Haley’s second trial also found true the special circumstance allegations that Clement was murdered during the commission of a rape, sodomy, robbery and burglary.
Haley acted as his own attorney during his retrial and did not present any mitigating evidence or give a closing argument during the penalty phase of his trial, in which jurors rejected an option to recommend that he be sentenced to life behind bars without the possibility of parole.
Deputy District Attorney Iliana Alvarez, who handled the retrial with colleague Teresa De Castro, told jurors in her closing argument that Haley was a “monster,” “predator” and “cold-blooded killer” who preyed on women.
Clement, 55, was strangled in her apartment in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles while getting ready for bed and left “half-naked” to die alone, the prosecutor said.
“She was robbed of her life for no reason other than his perverse and sadistic thirst for violence,” Alvarez told jurors. “… In his wake, he leaves devastation.”
Stolzy, who had turned 56 a week before she was killed in her South Los Angeles home, was hit so hard with a two-by-four that huge gashes were left in her head, according to the prosecutor.
Jurors also heard about a series of other crimes in 1984 in which Haley was suspected, including the May 17, 1984, execution-style killing and robbery of a 15-year-old girl who was shot in the back of the head while walking about 1 1/2 blocks from her home in South Los Angeles, and the attempted murder of a woman shot while out for a morning jog in the Miracle Mile area about 75 minutes earlier.
Authorities determined that a bullet recovered from the back of the teenage girl’s head and a bullet recovered from the scene of the attempted murder were fired from the same gun, Alvarez told jurors.
Prosecutors also put on evidence about two other sexual assaults in which Haley — who was 20 at the time — was suspected, including the April 1984 rape of a woman who was on a date at Dockweiler Beach in El Segundo and an August 1984 attack on a woman in the Miracle Mile area.
Haley’s death sentence will again be automatically appealed to the California Supreme Court.