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Illinois killer to be charged in deaths of 5 California women

October 6, 2011 |  4:30 pm

Andrew Uridales and Robbin Brandley
A serial killer convicted in Illinois has arrived in Southern California, where he is expected to be arraigned on charges that he murdered five women, authorities said Thursday.

Andrew Urdiales, 47, is expected to be arraigned Friday  at 1:30 p.m. at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

Urdiales allegedly killed the women between 1986 and 1995 in Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties. The cases have been consolidated and will be tried in Superior Court in Orange County.

Urdiales was convicted of killing three women in Illinois.

He was stationed at bases in Southern California when he served in the Marines from 1984 to 1991. During that time, he allegedly killed four women — one in Orange County, two in Riverside County and one in San Diego County, according to authorities.

After his discharge, Urdiales moved back to Illinois.  Prosecutors allege that he returned to Southern California in 1995 and killed a fifth woman while vacationing in Palm Springs.

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Photo: Andrew Urdiales and one of his alleged Southern California victims, Robbin Brandley.

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