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Parole Board denies release of convicted murderer Betty Broderick

(SAN DIEGO) San Diego District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis yesterday announced that Elizabeth “Betty” Broderick, had been denied parole. Broderick was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder in the 1989 killing of her former husband Dan and his wife, Linda.

On November 5, 1989, Broderick illegally entered their home in the early morning hours. She went up the stairs to their bedroom as they slept and unloaded her five-shot revolver into their bodies. The victims dove for cover in their bed when Broderick started firing. After being shot in the back, Dan Broderick fell off the bed and attempted to reach for the telephone to call for help. Betty Broderick calmly walked around the bed, grabbed the phone, pulled it from the wall and dumped it in the hallway out of reach. She left the scene and was captured later that day.

The case spurred national media coverage, several documentaries, books and a made-for-television movie.

“I’m proud of our office’s work to keep this inmate behind bars where she belongs,” said Dumanis. “We handle hundreds of parole hearings each year, doing our best to make sure dangerous criminals are not released and crime victims are given a voice. That’s exactly what happened today.”

This was Broderick’s first parole hearing since her conviction. She was convicted in 1991 and is currently serving a sentence of 32 years-to-life at the California Institution for Women in Corona, California.