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State Supreme Court upholds conviction, death sentence in Rex Allan Krebs case

SLO County DA urges governor to lift moratorium on executions
Posted at 7:03 PM, Jan 07, 2020

San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow is calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to reinstate the death penalty after the California Supreme Court affirmed Rex Allan Krebs' death sentence.

Krebs was convicted of raping and murdering San Luis Obispo college students Rachel Newhouse and Aundria Crawford in 1998 and 1999 respectively. He was sentenced to death.

The California Supreme Court issued an opinion this past November rejecting an appeal and upholding Krebs' conviction and death sentence.

Dow says Governor Newsom now must do his part and carry out the death penalty.

"We are grateful for the finality of the long awaited Supreme Court decision affirming the conviction and the death penalty for Rex Allan Krebs," Dow said in a statement posted online Tuesday. "Mr. Krebs surrendered his right to live when he senselessly raped and murdered these two young women and the People of California have continuously affirmed their support for the death penalty. It is now time for our Governor to implement the jury imposed death penalty which is the most appropriate and just punishment for Mr. Krebs' horrific crimes."

Last March, Newsom placed an indefinite moratorium on executions in California.

This isn't the first time Dow has criticized Newsom for that decision. In a Facebook post last March, Dow said, "Governor Newsom is unilaterally refusing to enforce the will of the People of California. The death penalty is only reserved for the worst of the worst. San Luis Obispo County has three convicted murderers on death row: Michael Whisenhunt, Richard Benson, and Rex Krebs."

Krebs is currently being housed at San Quentin State Prison.