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Manson follower 'Tex' Watson denied parole
Calif. board denies parole to Manson follower 'Tex' Watson, a leader in 1969 cult slayings
By The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ' The chief lieutenant of cult leader Charles Manson, who was convicted of orchestrating the Tate-LaBianca slayings 42 years ago, has been denied parole from a California prison.

Charles "Tex" Watson, who is 65, has now been denied parole 14 times.

Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton says parole officials ordered him to wait five years before seeking another hearing, after the decision Wednesday at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, 50 miles southeast of Sacramento.

Four relatives of Watson's victims asked that his parole be denied for killing actress Sharon Tate, who was eight months pregnant, and four others at her Beverly Hills home in August 1969.

The next night, Watson helped kill grocery owners Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.

Watson's attorney, Cheryl Montgomery, did not return repeated telephone messages.

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