Crime

Accused double murderer Alan Dupras dies at hospital while in custody

Alan Dupras, the Kingsburg man accused of killing his estranged wife and her mother in 2017, died on Tuesday in custody at Community Regional Medical Center, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.

In a brief statement released Tuesday, sheriff’s officials said Dupras died from “medical complications,” and did not elaborate. He was admitted to the hospital on Oct. 6.

Dupras last month was deemed incompetent to stand trial and was ordered by a judge to receive treatment at Atascadero State Hospital.

His lawyer Mark Broughton told the judge Dupras suffered from physical and mental issues and did not understand what was happening to him. Broughton also wanted his client to see a neurologist because he said Dupras was unable to move his left arm.

Dupras faced murder charges in the December 2017 shooting deaths of Kingsburg school principal Jennifer Dupras and her 88-year-old mother, Cynthia Houk. The two women were killed inside Houk’s home in northwest Fresno.

The 59-year-old defendant pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder, arson and possession of an assault weapon. If convicted, he faced the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

In a message to The Bee, the Dupras’ daughter, Alison Dupras, said she “is aware of the situation.”

Dupras is the second murder suspect to die in custody in Fresno County in as many months.

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A Valley native, Robert has worked at The Fresno Bee since 1994, covering various topics including education, business and agriculture. He currently covers courts.
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