OC Register, "D.A. to seek death penalty in 2 cases"

Marsy’s Law advocates Jack and Genelle  Reilley will see the man accused of murdering their daughter in 1986 face the death penalty if convicted. Orange County DA Tony Rackauckas said he will seek a death sentence for Andrew Urdiales, who was recently extradited from Illinois where he is serving a life sentence for murdering three women there. The Reilleys asserted their Marsy’s Law rights to confer on extraditions. - HTN Foundation

D.A. to seek death penalty in 2 cases


SANTA ANA – Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced this week that his office will seek the death penalty against two accused killers, including a convicted triple murderer from Illinois who is now charged with killing five Southern California women during a crime spree between 1986 and 1995.

The trial for Andrew Urdiales, 47, who is charged with five felony counts of special circumstances murder for committing multiple murders, has been consolidated in Orange County even though four of his alleged victims were killed in Riverside and San Diego counties.

He is accused in Orange County of murdering Robbin Brandley, 23, on Jan. 18, 1986 by stabbing her 41 times in the back, neck, hands and chest when he accosted her as she left a jazz concert at Saddleback College. Urdiales allegedly drove to the Mission Viejo campus armed with a six-inch blade hunting knife looking for a random victim to murder, prosecutors said.

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