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4 more murder counts filed in California serial killing case

12 May 2018
4 more murder counts filed in California serial killing case

With the new case, prosecutors in Santa Barbara County join their counterparts in Orange, Sacramento in Ventura in pursuing charges against DeAngelo.

Diane Howard, from the Sacramento County Public Defender's Office and who is DeAngelo's attorney on the Sacramento charges, was not immediately available for comment. "Each of the four counts carry the potential for life without the possibility of parole or the death sentence".

Joseph James DeAngelo makes his first appearance to face charges that include homicide and rape, in Sacramento County Superior Court in Sacramento, Calif., April 27, 2018.

On May 10, authorities in Santa Barbara County additional four new murder charges to the slate. He was a police officer in the California towns of Exeter and Auburn during the 70s.

He is suspected of being the Golden State Killer, responsible for numerous burglaries, rapes and murders throughout California in the 1970s and '80s.

Detectives believe DeAngelo killed Greg Sanchez and his girlfriend Cheri Domingo on July 27, 1981 inside a home near Goleta where Domingo had been house-sitting.

72, is alleged to have killed Cheri Domingo and Gregory Sanchez on October 27, 1981, and Drs.

"Violent cold cases never go cold for the victims, they never do", Dudley said in a brief news conference outside her office.

DNA from that crime scene was linked to other crimes they believe were committed by the so-called Golden State Killer.

Last week's arrest of a suspect in the Golden State Killer case in California has highlighted how DNA samples that have been volunteered for one objective - in this case, genealogy - can be used for other reasons, often without the donor's explicit consent.