SANTA ANA, California. – A jury on Wednesday recommended the death penalty for an Illinois killer who was convicted for murder of five women in Southern California, more than two decades ago.
The Orange County Superior Court jury made the recommendation after the penalty phase hearing for Andrew Urdiales, 54.
The ex-Marine, was convicted in May of killing five women in California between 1986 and 1995. He is scheduled to be sentenced by a judge on Aug. 31.
Urdiales was previously sentenced to death for killing three women in Illinois in 2002 and 2004. That sentence was commuted to life without parole after Illinois excluded from the death penalty.
Authorities said Urdiales, move to Southern California, 19-year-old Marine, killed four women while in the army and a fifth while vacationing in Palm Springs in 1995.
He attacked the 23-year-old Robbin Brandley after a piano concert in Orange County community college in 1986 and put her to death in the parking lot. He grabbed the 29-year-old prostitute Julie McGhee two years later, and drove her to a secluded area where he had sex with her, shot her in the head and left her body in the desert, authorities said.
Urdiales attacked and killed six more women in California and Illinois who work as prostitutes, authorities said.
The California murders went unsolved for years until Urdiales was arrested after he returned home to Illinois.
Authorities stopped Urdiales in 1996 and found a weapon in his truck, prosecutors said. That weapon is found for the year that is used to kill the Illinois women.