Ellie Nesler, who killed her son's accused molester in a California courtroom in 1993, has died of cancer at 56.
The killing ignited a national debate about vigilante justice. Nesler shot Daniel Driver five times in the head in a Tuolumne County courtroom during a break in his preliminary hearing for allegedly molesting four boys, including Nessler's then-6-year-old son William, at a Christian camp.
Nesler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years, but the punishment was thrown out because of jury misconduct. She then cut a deal with prosecutors, pleading guilty to manslaughter and being released after three years because of the cancer, which was diagnosed in 1994.
She returned to jail in 2002, however, after pleading guilty to selling and possessing methamphetamine. She was released in 2006.
Meanwhile, William Nesler is serving a 25-year-to-life term for his 2005 conviction for first-degree murder. Then 23, he stomped to death a man hired to clean his family's property. He said he believed David Davis was letting people pick through the family's belongings.