Skip to comments.Helzer Sentenced To Death
Posted on 12/17/2004 1:27:30 PM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
A nine-man three-woman jury in Contra Costa County today recommended that confessed murderer Glenn Taylor Helzer receive five death penalties for the five murders he committed during the summer of 2000.
This is third death penalty recommendation in the Bay Area this week following Monday's death sentence for double murderer Scott Peterson in San Mateo County and Tuesday's finding for triple murderer Stuart Alexander in Alameda County.
Helzer, 34, admitted in early March to killing 22-year-old Selina Bishop, the daughter of blues guitarist Elvin Bishop; Bishop's mother Jennifer Villarin, 45, of Novato; Villarin's friend, James Gamble, 54; and elderly Concord couple Ivan and Annette Stineman.
The murders were part of a bizarre extortion scheme Helzer devised as a way to raise money for a self-awareness group he hoped would spread peace, love and joy and quicken Christ's return to earth.
Helzer had been the Stinemans' stockbroker.
According to witness statements made in court, Helzer had been dating Bishop with the sole intention of convincing her to open a bank account so he would have someplace to hide the money he extorted from the Stinemans.
Since the beginning of their relationship, Helzer planned to kill Bishop, who knew nothing about the murder-extortion plan, according to statements made in court.
In August 2000, dive teams found the dismembered remains of the Stinemans and Bishop inside several gym bags floating in the Sacramento Delta.
Villarin and Gamble were found shot to death inside Bishop's Woodacre apartment.
Bishop's mother was shot and killed because she had seen Helzer's face. Gamble was killed because he happened to be with Villarin the night Helzer shot her, according to court testimony.
Helzer had two accomplices -- his brother Justin Helzer and former roommate, Dawn Godman. The two went along with Glenn's scheme because they believed he was a prophet of God, according to Godman's testimony.
A Contra Costa County Superior Court jury convicted Justin, 32, in June and recommended he be sentenced to death. He is scheduled to be formally sentenced on Feb. 4.
Godman pleaded guilty to the murders and agreed to testify against the brothers in exchange for immunity from the death penalty. She was sentenced in 2003 to 37 years and seven months in prison.
Glenn Helzer pleaded guilty to all 18 charges filed against him.
His trial, which began Nov. 8, was held in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez.
Fry him to bacon bits....
Well, nothing spreads peace, love, and joy like multiple murder...
Wow! Strange times indeed.
3 Death Penalties passed down by local Bay Area juries..
Being sentenced to death in California is the equivalent, at the current execution rate), of being given an extra 600 years to live. He'll die fat, dumb and happy in a California prison.
Nice to see this but, unfortunately, California never seems to actually execute anyone condemned to death. For G*d's sake the Night Stalker is still sitting on death row.
What, from like 1977? Am I remembering the right case?
Watch how quickly he converts to Islam behind bars;)
Mid 1980s ... but I doubt he'll ever see the needle.
Hmmm. Maybe I'm thinking of the Hillside Strangler. Was that late 70's?
Yep. Just checked and it was the Hillside Strangler in 1977.
I got $5 that says he's a Liberal.
I posted this to demonstrate the difference between it and the Peterson case.
What differences specifically?
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