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Convicted killer in Illinois now charged in 5 Southern California killings

August 5, 2009 |  3:46 pm

http://dali.latimes.com/cis/getprev?CMD=byteserve&UNIQ=i1dr9jkf&OBJTYPE=IMAGEA convicted triple murderer being held in an Illinois prison was charged today with killing five Southern California women between 1986 and 1995 in Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Andrew Urdiales, 45, was charged with five felony counts of murder with special circumstances for committing multiple murders and a sentencing enhancement for using a handgun in three of the killings. The special circumstances makes him eligible for the death penalty. Urdiales is currently appealing a death sentence in Illinois for killing two women in 2002 and another in 2004.

Urdiales, a former Marine, was stationed at various facilities in Southern California from April 1984 through April 1991. He is accused of killing four women during that time: one in Orange County, two in Riverside County and one in San Diego County. After his discharge, he moved back to his home state of Illinois. He is accused of killing a fifth woman in Riverside County while on vacation in Palm Springs in 1995.

Orange County is prosecuting the consolidated case. The district attorney’s office is waiting to extradite Urdiales until after the completion of his case in Illinois.

-- Tami Abdollah, reporting from Orange County

Photo: llinois Department of Corrections