Onion Field killer rejected for parole

Gregory Powell, convicted and originally sentenced to death for the 1963 murder of LAPD officer Ian James Campbell, was turned down today as a candidate for parole. Powell and his accomplice, Jimmy Lee Smith, kidnapped Campbell and another officer off a Hollywood street and drove them to an onion field near Bakersfield, where Campbell was shot. "LAPD officers have not forgotten this horrific crime and we are thankful that the parole board did not overlook the details and cold-blooded nature of this killing of an LAPD officer," said Police Protective League president Paul Weber in a statement. Powell, 77, has terminal cancer and sought compassionate release from his term at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville.

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