Drummer Jim Gordon, Co-Writer Of 'Layla,' Denied Parole

Session musician Jim Gordon, who co-wrote the Derek and the Dominos classic "Layla" with Eric Clapton, has been denied parole until at least 2018 after serving 30 years in prison for the 1983 murder of his mother.

According to Rolling Stone, a California board panel deemed the musician "a danger to society if released from prison," making specific note of Gordon's resistance to court-ordered medication and counseling.

Gordon, described by Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Alexis de la Garza as "medically and psychologically noncompliant," declined to attend the hearing. That decision inspired Gordon's attorney, Jeremy Valverde, to ask for a hearing postponement until 2014. The panel denied Valverde's request.

In 1983, Gordon drove to the home of his mother, Osa Marie, in North Hollywood, where he repeatedly hit her in the head with a hammer before stabbing her to death with a butcher knife. Gordon has been diagnosed as an 'acute schizophrenic', and checked himself into hospitals over a dozen times between 1977 and 1983.

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