When was the last time california used the death penalty?

It was on January 17, 2006. California executed Clarence Ray Allen, the oldest person ever put to death in the state.

As per Theintercept.com, it was just after midnight — the day after Allen’s 76th birthday — and the execution was couched in controversy.

Allen was legally blind, diabetic, and relied on a wheelchair. He had suffered a heart attack the previous fall. Later, when he asked that they just let him die if he were to have another heart attack before his execution date, prison officials said they could do no such thing.

More than 850 people have been sentenced to death in California since 1978, when the state reinstated capital punishment, but only 13 had been executed.

Take a look at those men and the crimes for which they were put to death at Los Angeles Times.