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Sep 17, 2013 7:06 PM by Associated Press

Jury recommends death for convicted killer Naso

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - A jury has recommended death for convicted serial killer Joseph Naso, the 79-year-old former photographer convicted in the decades-old murders of four Northern California women.

The panel deliberated for about four hours Tuesday after hearing closing arguments from Naso, who represented himself and had asked the jury to spare his life.

Naso is convicted of murdering Roxene Roggasch, Carmen Colon, Pamela Parsons and Tracy Tafoya, prostitutes with matching initials whose strangled bodies were dumped in rural areas.

The murders were cold cases for years until 2009, when probation officers in Reno, Nevada conducted a routine firearms search of Naso's home and found a macabre collection of evidence that led to his capture and conviction.

Marin County Superior Court Judge Andrew Sweet will have the final say on Naso's fate.

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