Judge says more DNA can be collected in Golden State Killer case

Posted at 8:26 AM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-03 13:18:57-04

(KGTV) - A Sacramento County judge Thursday ruled that investigators can collect additional DNA samples, body photos and other evidence from Joseph DeAngelo, the suspect in the Golden State Killer case.

A day earlier, DeAngelo’s attorney filed a motion in an attempt to block investigators from obtaining more evidence from his client.

However, the judge sided with prosecutors and allowed the collection to move forward.

Investigators say DNA evidence has tied DeAngelo to the series of killings, rapes and burglaries that occurred between 1976 and 1986 across California.

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Law enforcement officials used genealogical sites to find a DNA match for DeAngelo, according to the Associated Press.

Investigators compared the DNA collected from a crime scene in the Golden State Killer case to online genetic profiles and found a match: a relative of DeAngelo.

Investigators didn't go into further detail such as which company they went through.

Thus far, DeAngelo – a former police officer and Navy sailor who trained in San Diego -- has been charged in connection with eight murders.

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DeAngelo was arrested at his home outside of Sacramento on April 25.