Authorities update case against Golden State Killer suspect
California authorities update Joseph James DeAngelo case.
It took about 15 minutes with the recitation of the 26 new murder, and rape-related charges filed Thursday against suspicious “Golden State Killer” Joseph DeAngelo.
Prosecutors decided to consolidate, in one case, the costs submitted by the counties over the state at DeAngelo, 75, whose alleged reign of terror involved tens of rapes and murders during the 1970s and 1980s
The former police officer, sat expressionless in a cage in the courtroom as the charges were read in a Sacramento County Superior Court hearing, while the survivors looked on.
He was slapped with 13 kidnapping-related charges if the statute of limitations has expired, for the suspect of the rape of almost 50 women. He also got to do with the consolidated murder charges previously filed in five other California counties.
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“The complaint alleges numerous crimes across multiple counties and data,” Judge Michael Sweet said for the reading of each of the 26 charges.
A member of the family, described the moment of hearing the litany of charges to the Associated Press as “very, very intense and very difficult.”
Jennifer Carole of Santa Cruz is the daughter of the victim, Lyman Smith, an attorney who was killed at the age of 43 in Ventura in 1980, and whose wife, of 33 years, Charlene Smith, was raped and murdered in the same time.
“Even those few words don’t begin to summarize what happened during the crimes. They were horrible, what everyone went was really horrible. So to hear, that black-and-white, to hear it get listed, it was hard, it was harder than I thought it would be,” she added. “My heart is pounding and now. I can feel it.”
DeAngelo has not yet entered a plea, and prosecutors plan to fight to prevent his use of a public defender to make him pay for his own defense at his next hearing in December. Prosectuors are still debating about whether to seek the death penalty.
His public defender, Diane Howard, repeatedly declined to comment.
Researchers were able to use DNA evidence to a link DeAngelo various slaughter that led to his arrest in April in his home in Sacramento County.
In addition to the Golden State Killer, other nicknames for DeAngelo are the East Area Rapist and the Visalia Ransacker. Prosecutors said that he would sneak into suburban homes through the windows in the night and surprise sleeping victims, who ranged in age from 13 to 44.
The attacker would bind the man and placed dishes on his back, while threatening to kill both victims, as he heard the plates crash to the ground while he raped the woman. He also has houses plundered, taking small souvenirs for his flight.
DeAngelo worked as a police officer during two of the sprees that authorities said terrorized neighborhoods during a time period when people often their doors unlocked.
Although survivors have been told that a trial may not happen for another five to seven years, Carole said that it didsn’t bother her as “his life is already over. It is done.”
“The rest of us have moved on,” she told the Associated Press. “The survivors have done remarkably well.”
Carole was also in support of the process are consolidated in Sacramento, which the plaintiffs believe would make it easier for the victims.
“I think it’s going to be healing for all of us,” Carole said.
While other survivors and supporters of comments, one held a handmade sign with the text “Remember the Victims” in the direction of tv cameras as they filed out of the courtroom.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.