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Death Penalty Sought for Serial Killer Ocampo

Death penalty sought against ex-Marine in murders in O.C.

The Orange County district attorney’s office announced Monday it will seek the death penalty against a former Marine in the stabbing death of a mother and her son in Yorba Linda and the killings of four homeless men.Itzcoatl Ocampo, 24, of Yorba Linda, is charged with six felony counts of murder with special circumstances for multiple murders and lying in wait. He also faces sentencing enhancements connected with personal use of a deadly weapon, a knife, during the commission of a crime.

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in a statement that he consulted with a “special circumstances committee” of several prosecutors before reaching his decision in the case against the Iraq War veteran.

PHOTOS: O.C. homeless slayings

Ocampo was arrested Jan. 13 after John Berry, a 64-year-old homeless man, was stabbed to death in an Anaheim parking lot, police said. Witnesses chased Ocampo to a nearby mobile home park, where he was captured, police said.

Police identified Ocampo as the suspect in three other slayings that had rattled the homeless community for weeks. James Patrick McGillivray, 53, was killed Dec. 20 near a shopping center; Lloyd Middaugh, 42, was found stabbed to death Dec. 28 in Anaheim; and Paulus Smit, 57, was slain Dec. 30 in Yorba Linda.

DNA evidence linked Ocampo to two additional deaths after his arrest, according to prosecutors. His killing spree began Oct. 25, prosecutors allege, when he stabbed 53-year-old Raquel Estrada and her son, 34-year-old Juan Herrera, in their Yorba Linda home. Estrada, prosecutors said, was stabbed more than 30 times; Herrera more than 60.

Police said Ocampo was friends with Estrada’s son in middle and high school.

In February, Anaheim Police Det. Daron Wyatt told grand jurors that Ocampo said he targeted the homeless because “they were available and vulnerable.” Ocampo also said he was performing a public service because their presence was a “blight” on the community, Wyatt testified.

In a statement Monday, Rackauckas accused Ocampo of planning the murders and “calculating in carrying out these vicious executions with no plans of stopping.”

Ocampo is being held without bail in the Orange County Jail. His trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 10

I wish the prosecutors luck. This is California though so even if he gets sentenced to death he will probably die from natural causes in prison.

California Man Held as Possible Serial Killer

A male suspect has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing a homeless man to death in Anaheim, and police are investigating if the arrestee is linked to the three recent serial killer stabbing deaths in Orange County.

Itzcoatl Ocampo, 23, of Yorba Linda was detained on Friday night and, according to Anaheim Deputy Chief Craig Hunter, fits the description of the serial killer wanted in the December murders of three OC homeless men, reports City News Service.

Witnesses called 911 at 8:17pm Friday to report an attack in progress behind the Carl’s Jr. at 3310 East La Palma Avenue in Anaheim. A 60-year-old Vietnam War veteran known as “John” was found stabbed to death next to a trash enclosure in the parking lot. People saw Ocampo running and chased him, and police apprehended the suspect on La Palma about a quarter-mile away in Yorba Linda. Ocampo stripped off some of his clothes while fleeing, and blood was found on his body, reports The OC Register.

Police reportedly questioned over two dozen witnesses, several who told reporters that John was amiable and not an aggressive beggar. Authorities had recently ramped up efforts to detain a suspect in the case, offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information leading to an apprehension.

The first murder occurred on December 20, when James Patrick McGillivray, 53, was found stabbed to death near a Placentia shopping center. On Wednesday, December 28, the body of Lloyd Middaugh, 42, was found near the Santa Ana riverbed and 91 Freeway. Paulus Cornelius Smit, 57, was found stabbed to death at the bottom of a stairwell outside a Yorba Linda public library on Friday, December 30. Surveillance video at the Placentia scene shows footage of the suspect, clad in a dark hoodie, along with the suspected getaway vehicle, a 2000-2003 white Toyota Corolla 4-door.

Ocampo was held without bail for suspicion of murder.


I am hoping that he is the actual killer. I saw on report that was mentioning a possible copycat. (Looking for link)


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