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Golden State Killer suspect faces trial in Sacramento, officials say

A trial for the 72-year-old man believed to be the Golden State Killer will be held in Sacramento, officials revealed Tuesday.

(Jose Luis Villegas/The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool, File)

A trial for the 72-year-old man believed to be the Golden State Killer will be held in Sacramento, officials revealed Tuesday.

The communication about the case against Joseph James DeAngelo came during a press conference held by six district attorneys in the state.

Taking into account various factors, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said prosecutors made a group decision to hold the trial in Sacramento.

“There was a complaint filed this morning in Sacramento and alleges that the combination of the cases of all of our jurisdictions, which will be filed and prosecuted,” Rackauckas said. The officials present at the press conference represented Sacramento County, Contra Costa County, Orange County, Santa Barbara County, Tulare County and Ventura County.

Included in the amended indictment of 13 murders and 13 counts of kidnapping for robbery.

DeAngelo is accused of committing dozens of rapes and murders in California in the 1970s and 1980s. Under the nickname, the serial killer was called the East Area Rapist. He was arrested in April after his DNA was linked to that found in various murder scenes in California.

Describe DeAngelo as a “human predator,” Rackauckas said the defendant, ” found a way through all of these counties in our state and wherever he went, he left a trail of fear in its path.”

“He committed cruel, violent crime in all these jurisdictions,” he continued.

The new charges filed on Tuesday are four claimed that DeAngelo is suspected of “carrying away four women” to commit robberies in Contra Costa County in 1978 and 1979.

The other nine new charges are related to attacks committed in Sacramento County, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said. While the prosecutors have no DNA evidence in those cases, they are convinced that DeAngelo is the suspect, on the basis of his “signature brands,” she said.

Fox News’ Katherine Lamb, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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