Michael Crockell waived his right to a preliminary hearing that means the case can go right to a jury trial.
The crime changed lives of many people, including the daughter of one of the victims.
Many say convicted criminals like Michael Crockell should have been kept off the street.
And that magnifies the pain for the daughter of one of his alleged victims.
“It was really shocking. I will never forget the moment I found out,” said Katie Tempesta. She is the daughter of Lisa Gilvary. Katie took this photo of her mom just two days before Lisa was murdered, stabbed to death 14 times.
“It's been hard. I feel really bad for my daughter because she will never really know who her grandma was,” Katie said.
Katie and her father taken their grief and channeled it, to try and change the law that allowed her mother's accused killer on the street.
Michael Crockell had been sentenced to three years in prison for domestic violence. That was about a year before the murder. He was released from prison and put on county probation instead of parole. That's because Crockell was sentenced under AB109, the state's prison realignment plan designed to reduce prison overcrowding. Crockell's conviction - domestic violence - is not considered a violent crime under AB109.
“And now in 2013 for our politicians to say that spousal abuse is not a violent crime it sends it back 20 years,” said Michael Tempesta, Katie’s father.
Her father has accompanied Katie as she's met with state senators, testified at the state capitol, and worked with the group 'Advocates for Public Safety' to try and change AB109 and prison realignment.
“At the end of the day I still have to deal with what happened but knowing I make that change to help others from being victims of violent crime makes me feel better,” Katie said.
Katie is working towards a degree in criminal justice.
Her next step in the fight against AB109 is a ballot initiative to let voters decide what changes should be made to prison realignment.
Michael Crockell is due back in court on May 28th.