Garden Grove Journal
Arthur Craig Hulse, 58, who ran away from home at age 16, was denied parole for three years by the Board of Parole Hearings of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at a hearing last week.
Hulse is currently being held at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville. He will next be eligible to apply for parole in 2015.
According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, Hulse sought membership in a gang. Members of the gang were staying at a motel when associate Steve Hurd suggested they commit an armed robbery. Hulse picked up a hatchet and the two drove to a gas station shortly after midnight on June 2, 1970.
The two entered the station and told the 20-year-old gas station attendant, Jerry Wayne Carlin, that they were robbing him. Carlin gave Hulse $40 before he was tied up and begged not to be harmed.
Prosecutors said that Hulse became angry and struck Carlin in the chest in the chest with the hatchet, then hit him in the head until “he felt the victim’s skull cave in.”
Later in the day, around noon, Hurd tried to steal a car, which ended up with the stabbing death of a 31-year-old high school teacher, Florence Nancy Brown. Hurd and Hulse then buried her body in a remote area near Ortega Highway.
Hulse was found guilty on March 1, 1971 of first degree murder after pleading guilty to the charge of accessory to murder.
The panel cited a lack of “significant efforts toward progress” on the part of Hulse toward rehabilitation.