The life sentence for the killer of Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction‘s mother has been upheld.
John Riccardi was convicted of shooting and killing his girlfriend Connie Hopkins Navarro in 1994 after murdering her – and her friend Susan Marshall Jory – in Los Angeles over a decade earlier in 1983, and then going on the run. A state appeals court recently upheld the life sentence, reports Billboard.
Two years ago Riccardi left death row in California, with a court stating that Riccardi, then 76, was denied a fair trial after the judge “erroneously excused a prospective juror during jury selection”. Riccardi was one of the oldest people on death row in California but was re-sentenced to life without parole last year.
He was captured in 1991 after a viewer tip-off when the case was recounted on an episode of America’s Most Wanted. Speaking to America’s Most Wanted in 2004, guitarist Navarro said that he was supposed to visit and stay with his mother on the night of her murder but at the last minute stayed at his father’s house instead. He said that he thinks he would also have been killed had he gone to his mother’s apartment. He said: “So I really do believe that that’s some sort of divine intervention that I can’t explain.” Navarro was 15 at the time of his mother’s murder.