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Serial killer to face charges in 5 deaths in Southern California

October 4, 2011 |  2:23 pm

Andrew Urdiales, Robbin Brandley

A serial killer convicted of slaying three women in Illinois is being extradited to California to face charges that he killed five Southern California women as well.

Andrew Urdiales, 47, is accused of killing women in Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties from 1986 to 1995, but the cases will be consolidated and tried in Orange County.

Prosecutors could seek the death penalty.

Urdiales was expected to arrive Thursday in Orange County from a prison in Illinois. An arraignment date has not been set.

Urdiales was stationed at various bases in Southern California while enlisted 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.

After his discharge, he moved back to Illinois but allegedly returned to California in 1995 and killed a fifth woman while on vacation in Palm Springs.

Robbin Brandley, 23, was leaving a jazz pianist concert at Saddleback College when she was attacked in the parking lot and stabbed 41 times with a hunting knife.

Urdiales had allegedly driven to the college from Camp Pendleton with the intention of killing a random victim.

The other California victims, 29-year-old Julie McGhee, 31-year-old Maryann Wells, 20-year-old Tammie Erwin and 32-year-old Denise Maney, were prostitutes, authorities said.

Urdiales is accused of taking them to remote locations, where he had sex with them and then shot or stabbed them to death. 

He was convicted of the Illinois murders in 2002 and 2004 and was sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life without parole after the death penalty was banned in that state.


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