Authorities say that a man charged with carrying out nine contract killings in Central California has confessed that he actually killed 40 people over several decades.
Jurors in the trial of a 79-year-old man charged with the decades-old slayings of four women in Northern California wiped tears from their eyes, as a prosecutor showed images of the victims’ bodies and described how they were discovered.
The man accused of murdering five people in San Francisco on Friday was set to be deported from the U.S. in 2006 but ended up staying after Vietnamese authorities failed to provide travel documents for him.
The Fresno County coroner says the woman who fatally shot three family members before killing herself was extremely high on methamphetamine.
A new report by the California Department of Justice shows that the homicide rate last year dropped to its lowest level in more than four decades.
A gunman wielding an AK-47 opened fire on a table of uniformed National Guard members at an IHOP restaurant on Tuesday in an outburst of violence that killed five people.
San Jose’s rising homicide rate was a subject of great concern at a community meeting this week, as the city is on track to have the most killings since the 1980s.
A man turned himself in to San Francisco police last week in connection with a 1995 shooting that killed two people in the city’s Mission District, a police spokesman said Friday.
There have already been 15 killings in San Jose this year, compared to 20 for all of 2010, according to police.
Prosecutors have filed murder charges against a man accused of killing four California women whose names have raised questions about whether they were targeted because of their alliterative initials.