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Originally published Friday, March 1, 2013 at 1:13 AM

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Calif. governor to rule on ex-Manson follower

California Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to decide Friday whether a former Charles Manson follower will be released on parole after serving more than 40 years in prison.

AP Special Correspondent

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LOS ANGELES —

California Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to decide Friday whether a former Charles Manson follower will be released on parole after serving more than 40 years in prison.

Bruce Davis would be only the second Manson related murder defendant to be granted parole since Manson's murder spree began in 1969.

He was not involved in the notorious Sharon Tate-LaBianca killings but was convicted with Manson and others in the murders of a musician and a stuntman.

Steve Grogan, another participant in those murders, was released many years ago after he agreed to lead police to where the bodies were buried on a remote movie ranch in the San Fernando Valley.

Davis was 30 when he was sentenced to life in prison in 1972, in the case that was a postscript to Manson's notorious reign as leader of the murderous communal cult known as the Manson family.

Davis long maintained that he was a bystander in the killings of the two men, but in recent years, he has acknowledged his shared responsibility

If freed, Davis would go to transitional housing associated with religious groups in Los Angeles County.

Davis became a born-again Christian in prison and ministered to other inmates, married a woman he met through the prison ministry, and has a grown daughter. The couple recently divorced.

Davis also earned a master's degree and a doctorate in philosophy of religion.

Manson and three of his followers, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and Charles "Tex" Watson, remain in prison for life in the Tate killings. Their co-defendant, Susan Atkins, died of cancer behind bars in 2009.

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