Docket No. Crim. 6528.

54 Cal.2d 164 (1960)

351 P.2d 1025

4 Cal. Rptr. 841

THE PEOPLE, Respondent, v. ROBERT L. MASON, Appellant.

Supreme Court of California. In Bank.

May 17, 1960.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Carl B. Shapiro, under appointment by the Supreme Court, for Appellant.

Stanley Mosk, Attorney General, William E. James, Assistant Attorney General, and Jack E. Goertzen, Deputy Attorney General, for Respondent.


A jury found defendant guilty of the first degree murder of Suzan Jamerson and fixed the penalty at death. It also found him guilty of an assault with a deadly weapon with intent to murder Rona Porrazzo, Suzan's daughter. (Pen. Code, § 217.) The trial court denied defendant's motion for a new trial and entered judgment on the verdicts. This appeal is automatic. (Pen. Code, § 1239, subd. (b).)

Defendant met Rona and her husband several...

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