Death of Gregory Powell

August 13, 2012
Vacaville, California

Notorious 'Onion Field' killer dies in California prison
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The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gregory Powell, who was convicted of killing a Los Angeles police officer during an infamous kidnapping that inspired Joseph Wambaugh's true-life crime novel "The Onion Field," has died in a California prison. He was 79.

The Department of Corrections says Powell died at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville on Sunday.

Powell and co-defendant, Jimmy Lee Smith were convicted of abducting Officer Ian Campbell and partner Officer...

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