Golden State Killer Suspect Charged in 4 Goleta Cold-Case Murders

Donna Miller
May 12, 2018

The man alleged to be the Golden State Killer, whose years-long crime spree included four killings in Orange County, was charged Thursday with four counts of capital murder in Santa Barbara County.

DeAngelo remains a suspect in several jurisdictions throughout California, including Sacramento, Ventura and Orange counties.

Last week's arrest of a suspect in the Golden State Killer case in California has highlighted how DNA samples that have been volunteered for one objective - in this case, genealogy - can be used for other reasons, often without the donor's explicit consent.

Police arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo last month after they say DNA evidence linked him to at least 12 homicides and dozens of rapes committed from 1976 to 1986, when California was terrorized by what the media called the Golden State Killer and Original Night Stalker.

On May 10, authorities in Santa Barbara County additional four new murder charges to the slate. He initially was charged with eight counts of murder and could face dozens more charges, authorities said.

He could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted on any of the murders. He was a police officer in the California towns of Exeter and Auburn during the 70s.

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A photograph and sketch of suspected Golden State Killer, Joseph James DeAngelo, in the 1970s.

"This has been an ongoing discussion all district attorneys have been having, one that will not be decided tomorrow", Dudley said.

"The sense of relief is overwhelming and it's wonderful", Debbi Domingo, daughter of Cheri Domingo, told Noozhawk.com, a Santa Barbara County news website.

Investigators said the Golden State Killer found Offerman and Manning in bed before tying them both up and shooting them.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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