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Parole denied for man convicted of 1987 slayings in Knights Landing

A man convicted of murder in the deaths of three people in the Knights Landing area in 1987 will spend at least five more years in prison.

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office announced that Anthony King, 44, was denied parole Wednesday by a two-commissioner panel of the state Board of Parole Hearings. The hearing was held at the state prison in Cormorant.

On Sept. 6, 1987, King was 16 years old and living in Knights Landing when he and co-defendant Kenneth Bivert befriended 35-year-old Steven Patton who was fishing in the area. The three drank beer together, and King an Bivert decided they wanted to go joy-riding. They later returned to the fishing spot and killed Patton, according to a Districts Attorney’s Office news release.

After Bivert shot Patton in the side of the face with King’s shotgun, King took Patton’s money and keys from his pockets. The two then threw Patton’s body in the river and took his truck. After they finished their joyride, they discarded the truck in the slough.

Two days later, King and Bivert were planning to rob the local Bank of America and decided they needed a getaway car. They returned to Knights Landing and found a husband and wife, Raymond and Dawn Rogers, fishing. King had Bivert’s .38-caliber special and Bivert was armed with a .44-caliber magnum. They also brought along King’s 12-gauge shotguns, authorities said.

Both men shot and killed the Rogerses. Autopsies indicated Raymond Rogers, 29, was shot in the back and also had a .38-caliber bullet wound to the top of his head and another wound to his chest. Dawn Rogers, 32, had been shot four times in the back with a .38 caliber weapon. She also was shot in the back of the head with a large-caliber weapon.

King took money and car keys from Dawn Rogers’ purse, while Bivert threw the fishing equipment in the river. The two men dumped the couple’s bodies in the river and fled in the Rogers’ car.

King and Bivert were apprehended in Oregon on Sept. 11, and authorities said evidence indicated the two had planned to overpower the law enforcement officer who was transporting them.

A Yolo County jury in July 1988 convicted King of multiple counts of murder and robbery, and he was sentenced to 27 years to life in prison. Bivert pleaded guilty to the murders in January 1988 and was sentenced to 52 years to life in prison, with 27 years to be served concurrently.

King will be eligible for parole again in five years.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.