Santa Barbara District Attorney Files Murder Charges Against Golden State Killer

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District attorneys from Sacramento, Orange, and Ventura counties-where the other murder charges were brought-will meet with the Santa Barbara County DA Friday to discuss trial strategy.

The case of the Golden State Killer, linked to at least 50 rapes and 12 murders between 1976 and 1986, had gone cold - although investigators believed they had a reliable sequence of the perpetrator's DNA.

On Dec. 30, 1979, the Golden State Killer- also known as the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker - allegedly broke into Offerman's condominium in Goleta, a city just south of Santa Barbara, and allegedly shot him and his girlfriend, Debra Alexandria Manning.

"Each count carries multiple allegations", Dudley said.

72, is alleged to have killed Cheri Domingo and Gregory Sanchez on October 27, 1981, and Drs.

DeAngelo now faces four counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances in Santa Barbara, though it was unclear when he might appear in court there.

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

"Violent cold cases never grow cold for victims or their loved ones", Dudley told reporters.

DeAngelo is also charged with killing Cheri Domingo while committing a rape and a burglary and killing Greg Sanchez while committing a burglary - both on July 27, 1981, according to the complaint.

No charges have been filed in Santa Barbara County, however.

Diane Howard, from the Sacramento County Public Defender's Office and who is DeAngelo's attorney on the Sacramento charges, was not immediately available for comment. Police explained that they ultimately determined the crime scene DNA was similar to the DNA of a female relative of DeAngelo's whose genetic profile was online.

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

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