The retired police officer suspected of being the Golden State Killer was arraigned Thursday in a California courtroom on 13 new rape-related counts and 13 murder charges.
No plea was entered as Joseph James DeAngelo stood stone-faced in a courtroom cage to hear the charges read against him, according to NBC News affiliate KCRA in Sacramento. He appeared to have lost weight.
The onetime officer, 72, faced the new rape-related allegations filed as kidnappings to commit robberies because California’s statute of limitations for sexual assaults excludes cases that old.
The six-county crime spree that prosecutors attribute to DeAngelo also earned him the nicknames East Area Rapist and Visalia Ransacker. District attorneys from Orange County to Contra Costa County agreed to consolidate their cases against DeAngelo in Sacramento.
Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said, according to KCRA, “When someone asks me how I feel that a case of this magnitude would come to Sacramento, my answer is that it is very fitting that the answer to this case that has been sought for over 40 years will be held in Sacramento.”
The allegations against DeAngelo in an amended felony complaint filed Tuesday are:
In Sacramento County, two counts of murder for the Feb. 2, 1978, shootings of Kate Maggoire, 20, and Brian Maggoire, 21, and nine counts of kidnapping to commit robbery using a gun and knife between Sept. 4, 1976, and Oct. 21, 1977.
In Contra Costa County, four counts of kidnapping to commit robbery using a gun and knife between Oct. 7, 1978, and June 11, 1979.