SAN RAFAEL (CBS/AP/BCN) — Marin County jurors presiding over the trial of an elderly photographer accused of being a serial killer who murdered four Northern California prostitutes began deliberating late Monday.
Observers in the San Rafael courtroom said the judge didn’t announce a schedule for the jury, though it appeared likely they would return Tuesday to continue deliberating.
Joseph Naso, 79, pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder and represented himself during the two-month trial with some assistance from the Marin County Public Defender’s office. He faces the death penalty if convicted.
He is charged with strangling the four women whose bodies were found off the side of rural roads in Marin, Contra Costa and Yuba counties between 1977 and 1994. The four victims all had alliterative initials in their names, prompting investigators to label the case the “Double Initials Killings.” Naso also remains a suspect in several other unsolved murders.
Marin County Deputy District Attorney Rosemary Slote told the jury in her closing arguments that Naso picked up the four women in his car, took them home, strangled them and dumped their bodies. The prosecution also presented DNA evidence it claimed directly linked Naso to the murders of Roxene Roggasch, 18, of Oakland and Carmen Colon, 22, an East Bay resident.