Trial for suspected Golden State Killer could cost California taxpayers $20 million

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The suspected Golden State Killer was back in court today.

73-year-old Joseph DeAngelo faces 26 charges including several counts of murder, kidnap and rape for crimes allegedly committed in the 70’s and 80’s.

 Nearly every seat was taken in the courtroom at the Sacramento County Jail. The judge finalized a set of decisions for DeAngelo’s case.

“I just love seeing him in orange and behind bars.”

Back in the courtroom cage Thursday, DeAngelo stood in front of more of his alleged victims.

The judge made two rulings as the case moves forward… first, he denied DeAngelo’s request to exclude media coverage. He also determined the suspected Golden State Killer cannot afford his own lawyer, so the public defender will continue as his attorney.

Investigators say DeAngelo terrorized men and women across the state for two decades. Several district attorneys from Sacramento to Orange County participated in the hearing.

The court appearance comes just a day after Sacramento county officials revealed DeAngelo’s trial could cost taxpayers about $20 million. Victims say his crimes have already been costly.

“I bet you there’s already been $100 million spent in investigations and the length of his career and overtime and stuff.” said Victor Hayes. 

Victor Hayes says in 1977 the Golden State Killer raped his girlfriend while he was restrained in another room. He’s been waiting decades for justice.

“I hope this moves along at a little bit of a faster pace.”

DeAngelo is scheduled to be back in court in April.

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