IN THE SUPREME COURT OF CALIFORNIA
Plaintiff and Respondent,
Los Angeles County
Super. Ct. No. A771272
Defendant and Appellant.
On November 7, 1989, defendant Richard Ramirez was sentenced to death
for the so-called Night Stalker murders following his convictions of 12 counts of
first degree murder (Pen. Code, § 187, subd. (a)),1 one count of second degree
murder (§ 187, subd. (a)), five counts of attempted murder (§§ 187/664), four
counts of rape (§ 261, former subd. (2)), three counts of forcible oral copulation
(§ 288a, former subd. (c)), four counts of forcible sodomy (§ 286, former subd.
(c)), and 14 counts of first degree burglary (§ 459). The jury found true
allegations of multiple-murder, burglary, rape, forcible sodomy, and, forcible-oral-
copulation special circumstances. (§ 190.2.) The court imposed a sentence of
death. This appeal is automatic. (§ 1239, subd. (b).) For the reasons that follow,
the judgment is affirmed.
All further statutory references are to the Penal Code, unless otherwise