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‘Golden State Killer’ will be tried in Sacramento County

District attorneys from six different counties in California gathered at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office Tuesday to announce an update in the case against 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo, the accused ‘Golden State Killer.’

The former police officer will be tried in Sacramento on 13 murders committed up and down the state during the 1970’s and 1980’s. DeAngelo will also face several other criminal charges that include 13 counts of kidnapping and robbery.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said at Tuesday’s press conference that Sacramento County was chosen for the trial due to the complexity of the case.

“The likelihood of evidence associated with the charges, where the offenses occurred, the rights of the defendant and the people, the convenience of or the hardships of the various victims and witnesses, those people likely to appear in the case, all of these things have factored in,” said Rackauckas.

Watch the press conference below.

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DA’s participating in Tuesday’s press conference include:

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley Ventura County District Attorney Gregory D. Totten Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward.

Read a file of the complaint here.

A trial date has not yet been set. The 72-year-old DeAngelo was arrested in April at his home in Citrus Heights in Sacramento County.

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