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Two Realignment Inmates Escape from Sonoma Jail: Mary Callahan of the Press Democrat has this article on the escape of two realignment inmates from the Sonoma County jail on Wednesday. Three inmates, who were the laundry crew on that night, had previously identified a vulnerable portion in the jail's fence and, after a month of planning, attempted to escape when their supervisor turned her back. While climbing over the non-electrified fence, one of the inmates, Serefino Uriel Gonzalez-Reyes, was pulled off the fence and subdued by a correctional officer; the other two, Rene Solorio Leon and Julie Adrian Martinez-Bautista, escaped. Jail officials are reconsidering security needs to handle realignment inmates, including modifications to toughen barriers around the jail. The search for Leon and Martinez-Bautista continues.

Convicted FL Rapist, Murderer Wants Death Penalty: Kelli Cook of CF News 13 reports William Davis, found guilty of kidnapping a 19 year-old girl from her work and taking her to his home where he raped and killed her, asked the jury Tuesday for the death penalty. Davis stated, ""if you give me life, you are making a mistake." Davis is diagnosed as bipolar, but displayed no signs of insanity during the time of the murder. The judge plans to speak with Davis before a final decision is made.

Zimmerman Case Set For October: CF News 13 headlines the case against George Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder for the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin, will resume in court on October 3, 2012 at 8:30a.m.

Tucson Shooter Will Not Face Death Penalty:
Tim Gaynor of Reuters reports Jared Loughner, Tucson, AZ shooter who killed 6 and wounded 13, pleaded guilty Tuesday to 19 criminal counts, including 6 counts of murder, attempted murder, and the attempted assassination of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords after District Judge Larry Burns ruled Loughner mentally competent to stand trial. Federal prosecutors have agreed not to seek the death penalty under the plea agreement. Update:  The text of the plea agreement is here.

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