Posted: May 21, 2012 12:46 PM by Associated Press
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Southern California prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a former Marine accused of murdering four homeless men and a woman and her son.
The Orange County district attorney's office announced its decision Monday in the case of 24-year-old Itzcoatl Ocampo, who is awaiting a September trial on six counts of murder with special circumstances of multiple murders and lying in wait.
Ocampo, who has pleaded not guilty, was discharged from the Marines in June 2010.
He's accused of murdering a school friend's mother and brother in October 2011, and four homeless men between Dec. 20, 2011, and Jan. 13, 2012.
Most of the victims were stabbed dozens of times. The district attorney's office has described the homeless slayings as a serial thrill-kill spree.
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