SAN DIEGO–The California Board of Parole Hearings has denied parole for convicted murderer Craig Peyer for a term of 15 years. Peyer, a former California Highway Patrol officer, killed 20-year old Cara Knott in 1986. He is serving a sentence of 25 years-to-life in prison.
“Craig Peyer continues to pose a very real danger to the public,” said District Attorney Dumanis. “Our office provided the board with information they needed to deny parole and our efforts were bolstered by support from the victim’s family and the community.”
Deputy District Attorney Joan Stein represented the DA’s Office at the hearing this morning at California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo, California. Dumanis attended the hearing at the family’s request to demonstrate the importance of this case to San Diego County. Dumanis also attended Peyer’s previous parole hearing; this was the third such hearing for Peyer. He would not be eligible again for 15 years as determined by the parole board.
Peyer was convicted of killing Cara Knott, a San Diego State University student whose body was found at the base of a bridge off Interstate-15 near Mercy Road. A jury found him guilty of first degree murder in 1988.
Family members attended the hearing, some of whom addressed the parole board.