'Golden State Killer' suspect faces 4 more counts of murder

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Joseph James DeAngelo, the man alleged to be the Golden State Killer, was charged Thursday with four counts of capital murder in Santa Barbara County.

The Golden State Killer is suspected of committing at least 12 murders and more than 50 rapes during the 1970s and 1980s from Northern to Southern California.

Dudley announced that DeAngelo is facing four charges of first-degree murder with special circumstances for the 1979 murders of Robert Offerman and Debra Manning and the 1981 murders of Cheri Domingo and Greg Sanchez.

Last week's arrest of a suspect in the Golden State Killer case in California has highlighted how DNA samples that have been volunteered for one goal - in this case, genealogy - can be used for other reasons, often without the donor's explicit consent.

Cops say Joseph James DeAngelo, a 72-year-old former police officer, now faces a dozen homicide charges across the state of California.

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. He initially was charged with eight counts of murder and could face dozens more charges, authorities said.

Sheriff's officials have said DeAngelo was believed to be in Santa Barbara County between the years of 1978 and 1986 and may have spent time anywhere between Santa Maria and Carpinteria.

The accused serial killer worked as a police officer from 1973 to 1979 until he was terminated for allegedly stealing "a hammer and a can of dog repellent".

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

Investigators said DNA from that crime scene was linked to other crimes they believe were committed by the so-called Golden State Killer.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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