LASD Deputies Jack Williams and Bobby Esquivel

On May 29, 1979, defendant Jesse Gonzalez shot and killed Deputy Sheriff Jack Williams and shot at Deputy Bobby Esquivel as they were serving a search warrant in La Puente.  A jury convicted the defendant of murdering Deputy Williams with Special Circumstances and attempted murder of Deputy Esquivel, both with use of a gun.  The defendant was sentenced to death.  The case is now back in court on a defense motion.  Gascon’s Death Penalty and Habeas Corpus Policies require the prosecution to concede removing the Special Circumstance and making the defendant eligible for parole.