SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty if they convict the man suspected of being a notorious California serial killer who eluded capture for decades.
Joseph James DeAngelo, identified as the East Area Rapist / Golden State Killer is in custody. Photo: Sacramento County Sheriff's Dept.
The move comes less than a month after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a moratorium on executing any of the 737 inmates on the nation's largest death row.
Prosecutors from four counties announced their decision one after another Wednesday during a brief court hearing for Joseph DeAngelo, jailed as the suspected "Golden State Killer."
He was arrested a year ago based on DNA evidence linking him to at least 13 murders and more than 50 rapes across California in the 1970s and '80s.
He has yet to enter a plea on 26 charges.
He stood expressionless and defense attorney Diane Howard did not comment.
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