Parole allowed for man who buried California victim alive


This Jan. 18, 2017 photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows convicted murderer David Weidert. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has allowed the parole release of a killer who served four decades in prison for the murder of a developmentally disabled man who was buried alive.

Officials said Monday that Newsom took no action Friday on the state parole board’s latest decision granting parole to David Weidert. Newsom’s acceptance of the parole recommendation allows the release of Weidert.

Weidert received a life sentence for killing Michael Morganti in 1980.

Newsom and his predecessor previously rejected Weidert’s parole three times.

Weidert and an accomplice forced Morganti to dig his own grave. They then beat, stabbed and choked him. He suffocated after being buried alive.

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