Socialite Betty Broderick denied parole in murders


Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 10:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 10:40 p.m.

CHINO, Calif.-- One-time San Diego socialite Betty Broderick has been denied parole for fatally shooting her ex-husband and his new wife more than 20 years ago.

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This Nov. 13, 1991 file photo shows Betty Broderick looking across the courtroom during her trial for murder at the San Diego County Courthouse. Two decades after Betty Broderick drew national attention for fatally shooting her ex-husband and his new wife in their bed, the former San Diego socialite has her first date with a parole board Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010 in her quest for freedom.

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The two-person parole panel said Thursday that the 62-year-old Broderick was unrepentant, had no insight into what she had done and would be a danger to society if she were released. The denial was for the longest term possible — 15 years — although she could reapply in three years if she makes progress.

Broderick was convicted in 1991 of second-degree murder and sentenced to 32 years to life in prison for the slayings.

Broderick's story became the subject of a book and two TV movies. She has maintained she was driven to kill by a bitter divorce and custody battle.

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