John Albert Gardner

Kings say state agency could have prevented Chelsea's death

By James Riffel

City News Service

Chelsea King "would be alive today" had the Poway teen's killer been returned to prison for parole violations, but a state agency "failed in its duty and did not act," according to a compensation claim filed by her parents and obtained Wednesday by City News Service.

The document filed on behalf of Brent and Kelly King cited John Albert Gardner III's numerous parole violations.

"The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation knew of his previous crimes and history and could have returned Gardner to prison for one or more of these qualifying parole...