Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley said she is filling four counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances against Joseph James DeAngelo, who is now in custody in Sacramento. Dudley said Santa Barbara investigators, who have been involved in a regional task force headed by Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, investigated DeAngelo after his arrest last month and found evidence to file the charges. DeAngelo faces life in prison or the death penalty.
DeAngelo was arrested by Sacramento County sheriff's officials at his home on April 24, in connection with a number of deaths and rapes linked to a single perpetrator active between 1976 and 1986.
As a prosecutor, Dudley said she is always in search of truth and justice, even in the grimmest cases.
The killings in Santa Barbara happened in 1979 and 1981, Dudley said.
Authorities have charged DeAngelo with two murder counts in that case, including multiple murders enhancements and special circumstances of murder during the commission of a rape and burglary and use of a firearm.
Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was charged with killing Cheri Domingo and Greg Sanchez in July 1981, and orthopedic surgeon Robert Offerman and psychologist Alexandria Manning in December 1979, the first of his killings reported in Santa Barbara County. Dudley said she will be meeting with the district attorneys from those counties to discuss the prosecution timeline moving forward. On May 10, authorities in Santa Barbara County additional four new murder charges to the slate.
DeAngelo remains a suspect in several jurisdictions throughout California, including Sacramento, Ventura and Orange counties.