Man given death for killing tourists
Thursday, October 10, 2002
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A jury decided Wednesday that Cary Stayner should die for killing three Yosemite National Park tourists in 1999, rejecting defense pleas to spare him because of mental illness and his traumatic childhood. The killings terrorized communities along the Sierra Nevada and went unsolved for more than five months. In that time, Stayner struck again, beheading a park naturalist; he was sentenced to life for that crime.