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Man imprisoned for 1980 Davis murders denied parole

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John Manville Yolo County District Attorney’s Office

A man imprisoned for murdering his former girlfriend and one of her friends in Davis 37 years ago has been denied parole for the 11th time.

Daniel Wehner’s bid for parole was denied Thursday by a two-commissioner panel of the Board of Parole Hearings, according to a Yolo County District Attorney’s Office news release. The all-day hearing was held at California State Prison, Solano, in Vacaville.

Wehner murdered his former girlfriend Robin Ehlman, 19, and her friend John Manville, a 25-year-old veterinary student, at the Castillian Apartments in Davis in March 1980. Wehner had been stalking Ehlman and had physically and emotionally abused her during their relationship, choking her into unconsciousness on at least one occasion, the news release said.

Wehner agreed to a plea in June 1981 and was sentenced to 27 years to life in prison for the murders. A court-appointed psychiatrist interviewed Wehner’s family before the sentencing hearing, and they described him as “irresponsible,” having an “explosive temper,” and “violent,” the news release said.

Commissioners at Thursday’s hearing concluded that Wehner still poses a risk to public safety and should not be released, the District Attorney’s Office reported.

Wehner, now 64 years old, will be eligible for parole again in three years.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy