Apr. 11, 2022 – People v. Bracamontes (Supreme Ct., S139702)

In an automatic appeal from a death sentence, the Supreme Court finds no prejudicial error in the guilt or penalty phase and affirms the judgment. Among other rulings, the court holds that there was no prejudicial prefiling delay where the murder occurred in 1991 and appellant was charged in 2003 (following a cold hit DNA match), and that the trial court’s abuse of discretion in requiring appellant to wear leg chains at trial was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt.