Charles David Riley
Charles David Riley (California Department of Corrections)

Responding to a court order, the state prisons department has set a Sept. 19 parole hearing for a man convicted of murdering a Terra Linda couple in 1975.

Charles David Riley, 59, has been denied parole about a dozen times, most recently in 2011. Riley appealed the last denial, saying there is no evidence he continues to be a danger to the community, that the parole board did not consider his age, and that his sentence has been unconstitutionally excessive.

In a ruling released in May, a three-judge panel of the 1st Court of Appeal in San Francisco ordered the parole board to grant Riley a new hearing. The hearing will be held at San Quentin State Prison, said department spokesman Luis Patino.

Riley was convicted of helping Marlene Olive, his 16-year-old girlfriend, murder her parents, James and Naomi Olive of Terra Linda. The Olives were then doused with flammable liquid and set on fire in a barbecue pit at China Camp State Park. Riley was 19 at the time.

Olive was tried as a juvenile, sentenced to the California Youth Authority and eventually released.



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