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No criminal defense yet for alleged Golden State killer suspect

It is still early in the case for one man accused of being the "Golden State Killer," although the crimes he is accused of were committed over 40 years ago. The man was charged only recently in eight killings stemming from a series of murders occurring in California during the late 1970s and early 1980s, and his criminal defense has not yet been revealed. The story of the supposed killer recently recaptured the spotlight after a bestselling crime novel was published. 

Starting as far back as 1976, the towns in the region were disturbed by violent home invasions and murders. Although police made their best efforts to capture the criminal, he was never located, and the crimes eventually stopped. The suspect was pursued by the FBI and given several nicknames during this time. 

Recently, the public interest in the Golden State Killer was reawakened when a book about the crimes was published by the wife of comedian Patton Oswalt. Although she died before the book was completed, her work sparked new interest in the case. Cold case investigators were able to gather new tips and new DNA information leading to the recent arrest of ex-policeman Joseph James DeAngelo. 

Since there has been such an extremely long delay between the crimes and the recent arrest, investigators should be certain that they have located the right man and are not simply responding to the recent popularity of the case. The accused man has not yet had his day in court, but when that day comes, he has the right to present his criminal defense against the charges. Until then, like all people accused of a crime in California, he remains innocent until he is proved guilty. Other individuals accused of serious crimes who face severe penalties may wish to bolster their defense with the skill of an experienced defense attorney. 

Source: Reuters, "Ex-California policeman arrested in 'Golden State' serial killer case", Fred Greaves, April 25, 2018

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