Capital murder charges were filed against the suspected “Golden State Killer” in connection with the March 1980 murders of a Ventura County couple.
The charges were filed against 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo, who was arrested Wednesday in Sacramento, California after a tip from the public and DNA evidence pointed investigators to the suspect, said Ventura County District Attorney Gregory Totten.
DeAngelo was charged in connection with killing in the slayings of Lyman and Charlene Smith. NBC Los Angeles reported.
The charges include two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances of multiple murders, murder during a rape and burglary, District Attorney Totten said.
The case of “Golden State Killer” terrorized California in the late 70s and 80s and left 12 victims dead, and 50 women raped up and down California.