Donzell Francis Will Not Face the Death Penalty

Donzell Francis, the San Francisco man accused of raping and killing Ruby Ordenana, will not face the death penalty.

Francis has already been sentenced to eighteen years in prison for the sexual assault, beating, and robbing of a transgender sex worker. He now stands accused of attacking two other transgender sex workers, including Ruby Ordenana, who was found dead on March 16, 2007. (All three of the sex workers were female-presenting people of color.)

According to an article in The Examiner District Attorney George Gascón will not be pursuing a death penalty conviction, reserving this for cases that are “very heinous”.


6 Responses to Donzell Francis Will Not Face the Death Penalty

  1. Kirsten says:

    I’m kind of torn because what he did was horrid, but I’m also against the death penalty.

    • Veronika says:

      I hear you, hon.

      If my position is in doubt, what bothered me about this news was not that Francis will not be getting the death penalty, but the implicature that the serial rape–murder of members of oppressed classes is not “very heinous”.

  2. Kirsten says:

    That teaches me to read things too quickly. Yes, that is awful! WTH?!

  3. Lika says:

    What the fuck? How is at least three hate-crime related violent deaths NOT “very heinous”???? Not that I approve of the death penalty either, but the reason behind the DA’s decision not to pursue it is bullshit.

    • Lika says:

      Should have checked the facts before I hit “Post Comment”. Number of death he’s being accused of is one, not three, but obviously that doesn’t make a series of violent hate crime any less “very heinous”.

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