Man on death row for Fresno Co. murders dies from apparent COVID-19 complications

Johnny Avila, Jr., 62, was on death row inside San Quentin State Prison.
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A convicted murderer from Fresno County died from apparent COVID-19 complications, according to the California Department of Corrections.

Johnny Avila, Jr., 62, was on death row inside San Quentin State Prison. He died on Sunday morning at an outside hospital.

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Avila was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder in Fresno County. He was sentenced to death in March 1996 for the murders of Dorothy Medina and Arlene Sanchez.

A total of 47 state prison inmates have now died after contracting the coronavirus.

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