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California serial killer trial could cost USD 20 million

AP  |  Sacramento (US) 

The trial of a former suspected of being a notorious who terrorised in the 1970s and 80s could cost taxpayers more than USD 20 million.

A said Wednesday the county has asked the state to help shoulder the costs for prosecuting

"While the current estimate is more than USD 20 million, it is impossible at this point to accurately estimate all costs. We anticipate the complexities of the case, including 40 years of evidence, to greatly affect the final cost," said of the county's office of Governmental Relations and Legislation.

The estimate comes as DeAngelo is scheduled to appear in

A for the district attorney's office could not provide details on the hearing in advance, and the public defender's office could not be reached for comment.

The USD 20 million estimate includes the prosecution and defense of DeAngelo, Drane said.

He's been represented by a public defender since his arrest in April.

DeAngelo, 73, faces 26 counts in six counties, 13 for and 13 tied to rapes.

The crimes began in 1975 and stopped in 1986.

In the decades following, the search for a suspect known by nicknames such as the Golden State Killer and the East Area Rapist frustrated investigators and left victims' families without answers.

Finally in early 2018 investigators used DNA and a genealogical website to identify and arrest DeAngelo as the alleged killer. He has not entered a plea.

Since the statute of limitations has passed on bringing rape cases, prosecutors charged him with 13 kidnapping-related charges. He is suspected of committing 13 murders and more than 50 rapes.

The would monitor suburban neighbourhoods and sneak into homes at night, authorities said.

If a couple was home, he would tie up the man, place dishes on his back and threaten to kill both victims if he heard the plates fall onto the floor while he raped the woman.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 13:50 IST