Judge weighs release of warrants in Golden State Killer case
A judge is determining how much information to release about the arrest of a former police officer accused of being the Golden State Killer. A Sacramento County judge heard arguments Tuesday after The Associated Press and other news outlets contended search warrants and other details involved in the apprehension of Joseph DeAngelo in April should be publicly available. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Sweet began considering the issue after a hearing where attorneys for suspect Joseph DeAngelo argued that sharing the details could lead to an unfair trial.
The estranged wife of theasked for privacy for her family and offered prayers for the victims of the he is accused of committing.
“My thoughts and prayers are for the victims and their families,” Sharon Huddlereleased Friday by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. “The press has relentlessly pursued interviews of me. I will not be giving any interviews for the foreseeable future. I ask the press to please respect my privacy and that of my children.”
Hundreds gather to hear Patton Oswalt talk about the East Area Rapist case
Hundreds gathered Wednesday night at a Citrus Heights, California bookstore to hear actor and comedian Patton Oswalt talk about the East Area Rapist. His late wife, Michelle McNamara, wrote the true crime book “I'll be Gone in the Dark” about the serial killer, giving him the moniker the Golden State Killer.
Huddle was married for years to Joseph DeAngelo Jr., who was arrested in April at his home in suburban Citrus Heights near Sacramento.
DeAngelo is charged with the shooting deaths of two people in Sacramento and 10 more counts of murder in three other counties. His arrest culminated a four-decade manhunt for a serial burglar and rapist who often hit multiple homes in one night, stole mementos from his victims or taunted them later with phone threats.
Whole communities were stricken with fear as the crime wave that started in the early 1970s grew to both ends of the state and the Central Valley. Families bought guard dogs and guns and installed extra locks on their doors and windows. Authorities say DeAngelo was active in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Orange counties, where several women were raped and fatally beaten between 1979 and 1986.
Judge clears path for release of documents in Golden State Killer case
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A Sacramento judge Friday ordered arrest and search warrant information in the Golden State Killer case unsealed, but is keeping any information about what was seized from suspect Joseph James DeAngelo under wraps for now, as well as keeping allegations about sexual assaults sealed. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Sweet issued the order after a brief hearing Friday afternoon, paving the way for the release of some documents - with redactions - to be made public later in the day.
One couple was found bludgeoned to death with a fireplace log in Ventura. Another was found tied up and shot to death in Santa Barbara County.
Investigators also think DeAngelo was responsible for a crime wave in Visalia that involved dozens of home burglaries, assaults and one killing. Authorities say he may have begun his criminal activity as a cat burglar in Rancho Cordova in the early 1970s.
DeAngelo worked as a police officer for small towns in California until 1979, when he was fired in Auburn for shoplifting a hammer and dog repellent. He then worked for decades as a truck mechanic, living in a suburb north of Sacramento and other communities that were fear-stricken by sexual assaults and killings now attributed to the Golden State Killer.
After his arrest, prosecutors from Sacramento, Ventura, Orange and Santa Barbara counties met to discuss where and how to put DeAngelo on trial for the slayings because the crimes cover multiple jurisdictions. No decision has been made.
California police offer $50,000 reward in long-unsolved murders .
California law enforcement officials on Friday offered a $50,000 reward to help crack the 1991 murders of an aspiring crime scene investigator and her family, hoping to capitalize on advances in DNA technology and publicity surrounding another high-profile case. In announcing a new push to solve the 27-year-old killings of state employee Marcy Jacobs, her husband and her daughter, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn said they hoped new witnesses would come forward."Over the years, this case has been very challenging for multiple investigators.