The suspected Golden State Killer, Joseph James DeAngelo, accused of terrorizing California in the 1970s and 1980s, will appear before a Sacramento judge this morning.
While various outlets have reported DeAngelo, 74, will plead guilty to an extensive list of charges that include murder, rape and kidnapping, prosecutors demurred.
“We have a moral and ethical responsibility to consider any offer from the defense, given the massive scope of the case, the advanced age of many of the victims and witnesses, and our inherent obligations to the victims,” said a joint statement from prosecutors last week.
Lawyers and DeAngelo will appear before a judge in the Union Ballroom on the campus of Sacramento State University – a venue to accommodate for social distancing. The six district attorneys will hold a joint press conference immediately after court at 3 p.m local time, or 6 p.m. ET.
In March, a motion to dismiss charges filed by DeAngelo’s attorneys included a footnote that said, “Mr. DeAngelo is 74 years old. He has offered to plead to the charges with a lifetime sentence.” Defense attorneys would not elaborate on the statement.
In August 2018, district attorneys from six different counties filed 26 charges against DeAngelo, consolidating the cases against him.
DeAngelo, a former police officer, was arrested in April 2018, after DNA from a crime scene matched genetic material from a relative registered on a genealogy site.