'Golden State Killer' suspect expected in court this morning

Rhonda Wicht left and her son Donald were killed in Simi Valley Calif. in 1978

Rhonda Wicht left and her son Donald were killed in Simi Valley Calif. in 1978

The company announced on Tuesday that they are making the series, with Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone?) directing, based on McNamara's book about her hunt to find the Golden State Killer. "All we're asking here is the prosecution follow the rules", argued David Lynch, one of DeAngelo's public defenders.

He was arrested last week and identified by prosecutors as the man responsible for at least a dozen murders and more than 50 rapes across California in the 1970s and '80s.

Superior Court Judge Michael Sweet sided with prosecutors, saying courts have repeatedly allowed the collection of such evidence because it's not a form of testimony.

Prosecutors say they used DNA and a genealogical website to identify DeAngelo, decades after the case had gone cold. His court appearance come as several news outlets have filed a motion to unseal the search and arrest warrants.

Prosecutors initially planned to take more DNA and photographs Wednesday, prompting Howard's motion to halt the action.

But Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said the original warrant should be honored.

Golden State Killer suspect Joseph James DeAngelo appears in court Friday in Sacramento for arraignment. On April 24th of this year, the Sacramento Sheriff's Office arrested former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in a nearby suburb, identifying him through DNA evidence as the notorious serial killer and charging him with a number of the crimes.

So far, he has been charged with two counts of murder in Ventura County, two counts in Sacramento County, and four counts in Orange County, but other jurisdictions, including Santa Barbara County, are expected to follow suit in the coming days and weeks.

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