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William Ray Baxman murder convict denied parole for the ninth time

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Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced Friday that the California Board of Prison Terms denied a murder convict parole for the ninth time. William Ray Baxman, 63, has been in prison since 1984 after being convicted of the murder of Mark Timmer, Ravitch said. Timmer was last seen hitchhiking up the northbound U.S. Highway 101 in Marin County on April 29, 1981 before his body was found the next day at the foot of McNear Hill in Petaluma.

Timmer’s arms and legs were tightly bound with two leather belts and pathologists determined that he died from blunt force trauma to his entire body caused by a claw hammer or crowbar-type weapon, according to Ravitch. The case went unsolved until 1984, when Baxman’s father called police and told them that his son confessed to killing Timmer.

He was subsequently arrested and convicted for second-degree murder. “This was a senseless and gruesome murder,” Ravitch said. “The Board properly denied Baxman’s release as he shows no insight into the crime and his conduct.” Baxman is currently incarcerated at the California State Prison, Solano in Vacaville.

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