Stockton Rapist Convicted Of Serial Murders

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - Jurors took only two days to find a Stockton man guilty of the murders of three prostitutes. They will return next month to decide whether to sentence him to death.

As he left the San Joaquin County courtroom Monday, 54-year-old
William Choyce pushed a newspaper photographer and had to be
subdued by deputies.

Choyce was serving time in state prison for the rape of two Oakland women when DNA evidence connected him to the murders dating
back to 1988.

The women - two from Stockton and one from Oakland - were shot
and left in sexual poses in secluded areas. The prosecutor described Choyce's crimes as "joy killing."

His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 2.
Information from: The Record,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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