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Former Manson follower Bruce Davis up for 27th parole hearing

June 13, 2012 |  9:09 am

Bruce DavisA convicted killer described as a top follower of mass murderer Charles Manson is up for his 27th parole hearing Wednesday, the L.A. County district attorney’s office said.

Bruce Davis, 69, imprisoned for the 1969 killings of musician Gary Hinman and ranch hand Donald "Shorty" Shea, was recommended for parole in 2010, but his release was later blocked by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Davis did not participate in the 1969 Manson family murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others. During his 40 years in prison, he became an ordained minister and earned master's degrees in philosophy and religion via a correspondence program.

But Deputy District Atty. Patrick Sequeira told the Associated Press that prosecutors “feel he is not fully rehabilitated."

"He has not shown true remorse or understanding of his crime," Sequeira told the AP.

Davis was convicted in 1972 of the Manson-dictated murders of Hinman and Shea. The parole hearing will be held at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo.


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-- From a Times staff writer

Photo: Bruce Davis. Credit: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation