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

Faith Castro
May 12, 2018

There's now no scheduled date for DeAngelo to appear in Santa Barbara County court, Dudley said.

He is facing charges for two killings in Ventura County and two in Sacramento County.

Each of the four counts carries multiple allegations and each count carries the potential for a sentence of life without possibility of parole or the death sentence, she said.

During the short press conference outside the DA's office, Dudley announced four counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances against Joseph James DeAngelo, the man believed to have committed 12 homicides, over 50 rapes, and countless home invasions throughout California in the 1970's and 80's.

DeAngelo, who has adult children, was a police officer in Exeter in central California from 1973 to 1976, officials said. He is believed responsible for the murders of Cheri Domingo, 35, Gregory Sanchez, 27, Dr. Debra Alexandria Manning, 35, and Dr. Robert Offerman, 44, as well as an attempted double murder, all in the Goleta area.

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

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

He was arrested last month and remains jailed in Sacramento County.

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

Investigators finally cracked the Sacramento case, which has long haunted victims' families and law enforcement, by comparing crime scene DNA to genetic information on commercial genealogy websites that consumers use to explore their ancestry.

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