Contrary to earlier reports that Wesley Shermantine could be temporarily released from Death Row, San Quentin official announced that the convicted killer would not be taken from the prison on Friday to help authorities search for remains.
Authorities say Shermantine and his childhood friend Loren Herzog, the so-called "Speed Freak Killers," engaged in a methamphetamine-fueled killing spree in the 1980s and 90s.
Herzog hanged himself in January after learning that Shermantine was giving investigators crudely drawn maps to where the bodies of their victims were buried. That information led authorities to the remains of five victims this year.
A bill passed earlier this month, AB2357, gave the state's corrections secretary the authority to let Shermantine personally assist investigators in finding other bodies.
The tightly drafted bill withdraws that authority on Jan. 1, 2013, and allows Shermantine's release only to help in finding evidence and victims' remains.
Earlier this week, Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill.
When he is allowed out of the prison, Shermantine will work under guard with sheriff deputies to locate the remains of the victims in San Joaquin and Calaveras Counties.