Court Repeals Death Sentence For Man Who Killed Dave Navarro’s Mother
One of the oldest men on California’s death row has been given new life. John Riccardi, who was convicted in the 1983 killing of Dave Navarro‘s mother Connie, was taken off of a list of inmates scheduled for execution after a judge determined he was denied a fair trial.
The 1994 conviction came while the Jane’s Addiction guitarist was with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. LAist.com reports that the California Supreme Court ruled a judge erroneously excused a potential juror during selection. Riccardi is now 76-years-old, he was 55-years-old at the time of his arrest in January 1991.
The night of the murder, the then 15-year-old Navarro was supposed to stay at his mother’s but decided to stay with his father instead. Riccardi killed Connie Navarro, and her friend Susan Jory after breaking into the home and waiting for them to return home from a night out. The guitarist believes he would have been his third victim.
“So I really do believe that that’s some sort of divine intervention that I can’t explain,” he told ‘America’s Most Wanted’ in an episode that led to Riccardi’s arrest in Houston, Texas. According to a 1994 article in the L.A. Times, Riccardi and Connie Navarro dated for two-and-a-half years prior to the murders.
Riccardi testified during his trial, maintaining his innocence and insisting he did not harass, threaten or stalk Connie Navarro after she tried to end their relationship.