Ex-con­vict receives life with­out parole for 1983 death of LAPD offi­cer

An ex-con­vict in Cal­i­for­nia received a life sen­tence with­out parole on Mon­day for the 1983 death of a Los Ange­les Police Depart­ment offi­cer dur­ing a traf­fic stop.
Ken­neth Earl Gay, 65, was con­vict­ed in August for the June 1983 first-degree mur­der of Paul Ver­na, a hus­band and father of two sons, accord­ing to a report.
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Gay was also con­vict­ed on true spe­cial-cir­cum­stance alle­ga­tions of mur­der to avoid law­ful arrest and mur­der of a peace offi­cer dur­ing the per­for­mance of his duty, but there was no unan­i­mous con­sen­sus over whether Gay per­son­al­ly used a gun dur­ing the crime, the report not­ed.
The 65-year-old had been con­vict­ed and sen­tenced to death in the case, but an ini­tial con­vic­tion had been reversed by the state Supreme Court, and his death sen­tence had been reversed at least twice.
Gay’s case was sent back, most recent­ly, for retri­al dur­ing the guilt phase because he had report­ed­ly been “denied his con­sti­tu­tion­al right to the assis­tance of com­pe­tent coun­sel.”
Fol­low­ing the elec­tion of Dis­trict Attor­ney George Gas­con, the coun­ty DA office had elect­ed not to seek the death penal­ty dur­ing the retri­al, and it attempt­ed to dis­miss …