killed 10 in 1993. Seven of Johnnie's kills were at a club in Fresno. He
barged into the club and just opened fire. Malarkey could be considered
both a serial killer and a mass murderer.
Inmate Confesses to Fresno Mass Murder
Los Angeles Times
July 09, 1998
FRESNO — A convicted killer once described as a model
student has confessed to committing the worst mass murder in Fresno
Johnnie Malarkey admitted Tuesday that he fatally
shot seven people while robbing a southeast Fresno bar in 1993, as
well as committing three unrelated killings that year. In exchange
for his plea, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.
Fresno County Superior Court Judge Gene Gomes
sentenced Malarkey to eight consecutive life terms with no possibility
of parole, a 37-year term and a term of 40 years to life. Those
sentences were added to a 25-year sentence he was serving for a series
of 1993 shootings.
David Gottlieb, Malarkey's lawyer, said his client
proposed the plea bargain in an effort to put the killings behind him.
"Johnnie does have a conscience, despite the fact
that he's admitted to 10 murders," Gottlieb said. "In meetings that I've
had with him, he's cried. He does feel remorse."
Malarkey, 28, had been the leading suspect in the
shooting deaths of seven people at Carrillo's Club on May 16, 1993. Two
men entered the bar just after closing and opened fire, killing owner
Reyes Carrillo; his mother, Rachel, and half brother, Alfredo; cook
Marciano Perez and his wife, Alicia Duenas Perez; customer Mary Ruiz,
and bouncer Rudy Sanchez.
The second gunman is believed to have been Allen
Heflin, who committed suicide in October.
Burton Francis said fellow prosecutors agreed to the
deal with Malarkey because there was no guarantee the Carrillo's Club
case would ever have gone to trial.
"We have saved years in litigation, millions in
prosecution costs and achieved a result that is life without possibility
of parole eight times over," he said.
Malarkey also admitted killing Charles Ray Martin,
35, whose burned body was found in the back of his torched pickup two
weeks before the Carrillo's Club massacre. Martin had been shot several
times in the head.
Malarkey admitted killing tax examiner Lee Grant, 27,
who was shot to death while riding his bicycle in Fresno's Sunnyside
neighborhood in May 1993.
Authorities didn't disclose the additional slaying.
Malarkey was already serving a 25-year prison term
for a series of other shootings in 1993, including the wounding of
Fresno Police Officer Jeff Dockweiler and helping his sister kill Carl
Lanelle Malarkey Denn shot the victim to loot his
mobile home, police said. She was sentenced to 34 years to life in
Before his 1993 arrest, Malarkey had worked four
years as a custodian for the Fresno Unified School District. A graduate
of DeWolf Continuation School, he had impressed several teachers who
wrote letters on his behalf before he was originally sent to prison.
One wrote: "He undoubtedly was the best, the most
reliable student I have ever worked with in my entire career with Fresno
Unified. He was prompt, courteous, quiet and diligent in his duties. He
never showed any signs of anger . . . or a rebellious nature so often
displayed by our students."
Man Sought in Slayings of 7 at Fresno Nightclub
By Mark Arax - Los Angeles Times
June 29, 1993
A possible suspect in the nightclub killings of seven
people here last month--the worst mass murder in Fresno history--has
been arrested in Oklahoma after an alleged series of crimes that
included at least one other murder and three attempted murders.
John Malarkey, 24, of Fresno was arrested without
incident on a fugitive warrant Sunday by FBI agents and Oklahoma state
and local authorities. They found him in a used car lot in Tahlequah, a
small college town near the Arkansas border, where he had fled to his
"We've developed information that possibly links John
Malarkey to the Carrillo Club murders," Fresno Police Detective Danny
Martin said at a news conference here Monday. He declined to reveal a
motive or any new details in the unsolved killings.
A Fresno police detective and deputy district
attorney were sent to Cherokee County, Okla., to question Malarkey. He
is being held on a $655,000 bond. The fugitive arrest warrant alleges
that he killed an elderly Fresno man and attempted to kill three others,
including a Fresno policeman who was shot in the face.
Fresno authorities also want to question Malarkey's
sister, Lanelle, 26, about the elderly man's murder. She was arrested
and is being held on a $250,000 bond.
Police said they received information about John
Malarkey's possible role in the May 19 Carrillo Club shootings after he
was linked to a series of killings and shootings in Fresno this month.
According to the arrest warrant, the rampage began
June 6 when Malarkey allegedly shot and wounded two men at an apartment
complex in southeast Fresno after an argument. Two weeks later,
according to the warrant, a Fresno police officer responding to a report
of shots being fired was shot in the face.
Fresno police arrested Lawrence Azevedo, 19, of
Fresno as an accessory to attempted murder. He is being held in Fresno
County Jail. Authorities said they believe that Malarkey was the gunman.
On June 20, police discovered the body of 70-year-old
Carl James Worley on a southeast Fresno street. He had been shot twice
in the head and apparently run over by a car.