Suspect in 1976 murder of UNR coed will stand trial for CA murders

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SAN MATEO, Ca. (KOLO) Rodney Halbower, 68, a suspect in the 1976 murder of UNR coed Michelle Mitchell, has been bound over for trial in San Mateo County, California for the murders of two of the victims in what were known as the "Gypsy Hill Murders."

Halbower was ordered for trial following a three-day preliminary hearing this week. He will stand trial for the 1976 murders of 18-year-old Veronica Cascio and 17-year old Paula Baxter.

San Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe says Halbower is suspected in multiple murders in 1976.

"He is under investigation for numerous homicides, Ultimately, what has come down with all that work the DNA only allows us to prove two here in San Mateo County."

The incidents were called the Gypsy Hill murders because that is where one victim's body's was found.

Halbower is also suspected of killng UNR co-ed Michelle Mitchell in February 1976.

Washoe County prosecutors convicted Cathy Woods of killing Mitchell in 1980, but DNA testing in 2013 exonerated Woods --- and according to investigators implicated Halbower.