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'Golden State Killer' Suspect Charged With Four More Murders

12 May, 2018, 08:07 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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District Attorney Joyce Dudley said the new charges are connected with four murders in 1979 and 1981 in Santa Barbara County, north of Los Angeles.

Joseph James DeAngelo, a 72-year-old former police officer, was taken into custody in late April at his home in Citrus Heights in Sacramento County, the same county where his alleged crime spree began in 1976.

The "Golden State Killer" is believed to have killed at least 12 people and raped more than 50 people.

He could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted on any of the murders.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas joined his counterparts in a meeting at the Santa Barbara District Attorney's Office to discuss the next steps in the prosecution of Joseph James DeAngelo.

Check back for an exapnded and updated version of this story. He is also accused of killing Robert Offerman that same day while committing a burglary, according to the complaint.




After the killer eluded law enforcement officials for decades, DeAngelo was arrested last month with the help of DNA evidence and online genealogy websites.

Sanchez and Domingo, also a couple, were housesitting in Goleta when they were killed on July 27, 1981.

He was being held in the Sacramento County Main Jail medical unit Thursday, Howard said. They then reportedly obtained a discarded sample of DeAngelo's DNA, which matched the suspect DNA.

DeAngelo has yet to enter a plea in any of the cases.

Holes suggested the encounter may have encouraged the killer to rethink his tactics as he committed one more known murder five years later.

"Violent cold cases never grow cold for victims or their loved ones", Dudley told reporters. He is scheduled to return to a Sacramento courtroom on May 14. "In fact, majority spend their lives feverishly seeking answers and desperately hoping for justice".

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