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Jury recommends death in murders of 5 California women

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A jury has recommended the death penalty for an Illinois killer who was convicted of murdering five more women in Southern California more than two decades ago.

Orange County Superior Court jurors made the recommendation Wednesday after the penalty phase hearing for 54-year-old Andrew Urdiales.

The former Marine was convicted in May of killing five women in California between 1986 and 1995.

He is scheduled to be sentenced by a judge on Aug. 31.

Urdiales was previously sentenced to death for killing three women in Illinois in 2002 and 2004. That sentence was commuted to life without parole after Illinois barred the death penalty.

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