A Los Angeles judge has denied parole for a former Charles Manson follower who has been imprisoned for more than 40 years for two murders.

Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan on Wednesday upheld the governor's reversal of a parole board decision last year to release Bruce Davis.

Davis was convicted in the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea.

Ryan says there's some evidence Davis is dangerous and shouldn't be freed.

The parole board had found he was suitable for release based on his age and prison conduct, which included earning a doctoral degree, becoming religious and ministering to other inmates.

The judge says he gave broad deference to Brown's discretion and that the governor's decision in August didn't amount to cruel and unusual punishment.