By Sam Stanton
James Leslie Karis Jr., who was sentenced to death in 1982 after he abducted two women near Placerville and killed and raped one of them, died on San Quentin's Death Row today.
Karis, 61, was found unresponsive in his cell, where he was housed alone, and pronounced dead at the prison at 6:40 a.m.
He was sent to Death Row on Sept. 20, 1982, but legal battles that cost millions of dollars continued for years and led to him being resentenced to death as recently as 2007.
He was convicted of raping and murdering Peggy Pennington, 34, and the attempted murder of a 27-year-old woman.