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'Golden State Killer' Suspect Charged With Four More Murders

May 25 2018, 02:52 | Irvin Gilbert

East Area Rapist suspect faces 4 new murder charges in Santa Barbara County killings | The Sacramento Bee

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Santa Barbara County prosecutors have filed four counts of capital murder against the man believed to be the Golden State Killer, a prolific criminal who terrorized California in the late 1970s until the mid-1980s and is suspected in four homicides in Goleta.

DeAngelo has not yet entered a plea to any of the charges against him.

Sanchez and Domingo, also a couple, were housesitting in Goleta when they were killed on July 27, 1981. Each murder charge comes with special circumstances and carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death sentence, Dudley said.

Investigators finally cracked the Sacramento case, which has long haunted victims' families and law enforcement, by comparing crime scene DNA to genetic information on commercial genealogy websites that consumers use to explore their ancestry.

The Golden State Killer wore a mask and raped women who were home alone and women who were with their children, police said. He initially was charged with eight counts of murder and could face dozens more charges, authorities said.

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Prosecutors say DeAngelo, a former police officer, was one of California's most elusive serial killers.

DeAngelo's attorney Diane Howard said Thursday she was aware of the additional charges and added that they had been expected. "In fact, a lot of them spend their lives feverishly seeking answers and desperately hoping for justice".

In Orange County, DeAngelo is charged with the 1980 killings of Keith and Patrice Harrington in Dana Point, the 1981 killing of Manuela Witthuhn in Irvine and the 1986 killing of Janelle Cruz, also in Irvine.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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