Santa Barbara District Attorney Files Murder Charges Against Golden State Killer

  • Santa Barbara District Attorney Files Murder Charges Against Golden State Killer

Santa Barbara District Attorney Files Murder Charges Against Golden State Killer

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

"Each count carries multiple allegations".

The accused serial killer worked as a police officer from 1973 to 1979 until he was terminated for allegedly stealing "a hammer and a can of dog repellent".

Dudley says the latest charges relate to the 1981 killings of Cheri Domingo and Greg Sanchez, and the 1979 slayings of Robert Offerman and Debra Manning.

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

In a stunning development nearly 40 years after the case went cold, DeAngelo was taken into custody on April 24 when prosecutors used advanced forensic DNA technology and genealogical information posted to a public website by a distant relative to identify him.

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.

"We never stopped hoping or believing that an arrest would be made", Dudley said. "In fact, majority spend their lives feverishly seeking answers and desperately hoping for justice".

During the short press conference outside the DA's office, Dudley announced four counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances against Joseph James DeAngelo, the man believed to have committed 12 homicides, over 50 rapes, and countless home invasions throughout California in the 1970's and 80's.

A former police officer, DeAngelo was arrested last month in Sacramento, and remains in custody there.

No charges have been filed in Santa Barbara County, however.