Orange County requested extradition Andrew Urdiales from Illinois to face charges for 5 murder cases spanning three counties. The district attorneys of San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties have decided to have the suspect appear and be tried in Santa Ana for all 5 cases. In Illinois he had received the death penalty for three previous murder cases; in 2002 the governor reduced two of the sentences to life without parole. This year Illinois banned the death penalty, converting Urdiales last death sentence into life without parole. The Orange County DA could decide to seek the death penalty. The case from Orange County took place near Saddleback College in 1986. The victim was leaving the college after ushering a concert when Urdiales stabbed her 41 times with a 6 inch serrated hunting knife. He confessed to the murder in 1997. Urdiales a former Marine was stationed in Camp Pendleton from 1984-1991. The four other murders are said to have occurred up to and including 1995.
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