Death Penalty Sought in Suspected Serial KIller Naso Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - California prosecutors in the murder case against suspected serial killer Joseph Naso say they plan to seek the death penalty.

The announcement was made in a Marin County Superior Court hearing Wednesday as the 78-year-old Reno, Nev., man re-entered
not-guilty pleas to four counts of murder.

Naso is accused of killing Roxene Roggasch in 1977, Carmen Colon
in 1978, Pamela Parsons in 1993 and Tracy Tafoya in 1994. All four
victims were prostitutes who were found strangled in rural areas of
Northern California.

Deputy District Attorney Dori Ahana would not elaborate on the decision to pursue the death penalty. She only noted that the case
involved multiple victims, a special circumstance that made him eligible for the punishment.

Naso is acting as his own attorney.

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