Jeffrey Jay Hawkins, 55
Date of offense: March 4, 1987
Date of death sentence: Jan. 31, 1990
Hawkins, who had seven prior felony convictions, was convicted of killing John Robert Hedlund, 42, and Herman Alfonzo Hicks Jr., 39, in incidents six days apart. Hedlund, a disabled former lumberyard worker, was shot to death and found dumped along a road east of Galt on March 4, 1987. Six days later, Hawkins robbed Sonnys Market on Mather Field Road, then ordered store manager Jerry C. Stevens to kneel on the floor. Hawkins shot Stevens, who survived, then turned his attention to Hicks, a customer who had come into the market to keep warm while waiting for a bus. Hawkins shot Hicks in the head and eventually fled to Riverside County, where he stabbed his brother in the neck as the two argued about whether Hawkins should return to Sacramento to kill the surviving witness. Stevens later testified at the trial in which Hawkins was convicted.