Death row inmate dies in San Quentin prison

San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif., on Nov. 8, 2023 seen from Mount Tamalpais East Peak in Marin County on Nov. 8, 2023 (Ray Saint Germain/Bay City News)

A death row inmate at the San Quentin Rehabilitation Center passed away over the weekend, prison officials said Wednesday.   

Melvin Turner was pronounced dead at 6:04 p.m. Saturday. He was 67. There were no further details on the cause of his death.  

According to prison officials, Turner was placed on condemned status after being sentenced in Los Angeles County on Aug. 29, 1979, following his conviction for first-degree murder, robbery, vehicle theft, and first-degree robbery attempt.   

Authorities said Turner and a companion shot two people execution-style in an airport hangar while trying to steal the victim's sports car.