SANTA ANA, Calif. — Two men convicted of shooting a Southern California sheriff's deputy in 1980 have been charged with his murder following his death this year of related injuries.
The Orange County district attorney's office said Friday that 54-year old David Knick of Yucca Valley and 55-year old Robert Strong of Riverside each have been charged with one count of murder and are being held on $1 million bail.
Prosecutors say the two men served prison time for attempted murder for shooting Deputy Ira Essoe after he approached them in a mall in Orange.
Essoe was paralyzed and eventually had his legs amputated. He died in February of sepsis, which prosecutors say was related to injuries from the 1980 shooting.
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Knick and Strong face arraignment Friday.