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California judge denies parole to former Charles Manson follower convicted in 1969 slayings

  • FILE - In this Dec.17, 1970 photo Bruce Davis is taken to a Los Angeles courtroom. A Los Angeles judge has denied parole for the former Charles Manson follower who has been imprisoned for more than 40 years for two murders. Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 upheld the governor's reversal of a parole board decision last year to release Davis. Davis was convicted in the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea. (AP Photo/George Brich,File)

    FILE - In this Dec.17, 1970 photo Bruce Davis is taken to a Los Angeles courtroom. A Los Angeles judge has denied parole for the former Charles Manson follower who has been imprisoned for more than 40 years for two murders. Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 upheld the governor's reversal of a parole board decision last year to release Davis. Davis was convicted in the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea. (AP Photo/George Brich,File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 12, 2014 photo provided by the California Department  of Corrections and Rehabiltation, Bruce Davis is shown. A Los Angeles judge has denied parole for the former Charles Manson follower who has been imprisoned for more than 40 years for two murders. Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, upheld the governor's reversal of a parole board decision last year to release Davis. Davis was convicted in the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea. (Department of Corrections and Rehabiltation via AP)

    FILE - In this March 12, 2014 photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabiltation, Bruce Davis is shown. A Los Angeles judge has denied parole for the former Charles Manson follower who has been imprisoned for more than 40 years for two murders. Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, upheld the governor's reversal of a parole board decision last year to release Davis. Davis was convicted in the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea. (Department of Corrections and Rehabiltation via AP)  (The Associated Press)

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.