Judge: Serial Killing Suspect Naso to Stand Trial

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - Serial killing suspect Joseph Naso will stand trial for the decades-old murders of four Northern California women.

A Marin County Superior Court judge ruled Monday that prosecutors presented enough evidence against the 78-year-old defendant during the preliminary hearing.

Naso is accused of killing two women in the 1970s and another two in the 1990s, and dumping their naked bodies in rural areas.

He was arrested last year, after a probation search of his Reno, Nev., home unearthed photographs, journals and other evidence tying him to the old slayings.

A Nevada State Police investigator testified that he believes Naso killed as many as 10 women.

Naso is acting as his own lawyer. He declined to call witnesses or take the stand during the two-week hearing. In his closing argument, he called the evidence circumstantial.

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