Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Parents of slain teen Chelsea King file with state for possible compensation



The parents of San Diego County teenager Chelsea King have filed with the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, a possible precursor to seeking compensation for the murder of their daughter.

Kelly and Brent King have not yet decided whether to seek such compensation but filed with the board to stay within a six-month deadline, a family spokeswoman said Thursday.

"We are just beginning to think through this issue and are factoring in a variety of opinions," the Kings said in a statement. "If any compensation is received in the future, it will be used to further Chelsea's dream of changing our world for the better."

Chelsea King, 17, an honor student at Poway High School, was raped and strangled Feb. 25 after going jogging along Lake Hodges in northern San Diego County.

In May, convicted sex offender John Albert Gardner III, 31, pleaded guilty to murdering King and 14-year-old Amber Dubois of Escondido a year earlier. In a plea bargain, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

On Friday, the Legislature is set to vote on AB1844, sponsored by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R-San  Diego), called "Chelsea's Law," which would call for tougher sentences for sex criminals. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has promised to sign the bill.

--Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Chelsea King

Comments () | Archives (4)

This is a token gesture that will cost the state some money it doesn't have and won't do a thing to prevent a similar occurrence in the future. We need the laws that are already on the books to be enforced. We don't need to release criminals early because we don't have money to provide enough cells. We need a Joe Arpaio, like AZ, to run the jails and prisons more efficiently and less mollycoddling of prisoners. We need to rein-in the prison guard unions. We need to wipe off the books all the laws that guarantee prisoners cable TV and other non-essentials. We need a no-nonsense attitude in this and everywhere else where the state has gotten out of hand.

Oh hell NO...get in line...far back in line...
the state did not commit crime onto you...
had they defrauded you into representation
as a private sector employee concealing the
fact they were state employees ...or...court
officials tamper with evidence from court
record ...or...court personnel using false
evidence to deceive the jury/public...or...
obstructing justice...
just the facts maam.

Your state and the US has too many people labeled sex offenders. CA has the most sex offenders at over 120,000. How the heck could authorities keep up with the violent ones when they also have to keep up with the petty nonviolent sexual offenders who bloat the system? The sex offenders registry needs to be purged of all nonviolent sexual offenders who have never harmed anyone and don't have a victim, a large proportion of them. Most sexual offenders are there for urinating in public, streaking, peeping tom, flashing, being 19 or 20 and hooking up with a 16 or 17 year old or something similar, receiving a "sext" from a minor, chatting on the internet with someone posing as a minor, downloading a pic of a naked teen on kazaa or limewire, prostituting yourself or picking one up, having oral sex in any southern state which is a felony, or somethere else with no victim.

We should have always been focusing on the violent sexual offenders in the first place. These are the rapists, molesters (even without force), kidnappers, and murderers. They are always the ones who reoffend.

Not even the millions of former murderers or hundreds of former islamic terrorist attempted new york subway and times square bombers have to register when they get out of prison. Najibullah Zazi and Faisal Shazhad and all the other dozens of terrorists will be free to walk the streets in peace when they are done with their sentence but someone 20 years old who had sex with a 16 year old 50 years ago and is now 70 years old has to register for his entire life. How is that fair?

Excuse me?!??! parents looking for money??

this is very laughable!, but sorry you have lost a loved one, but stuff like this happen, preventable?? probably not. So dont go trying to steal money that isnt yours.


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: