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Prosecutors add murder charge against serial killing suspect

Posted at 11:46 AM, Aug 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-13 14:46:55-04

(AP/KSBY) – Prosecutors have added another murder charge against a California serial killing suspect, boosting the number of victims to 13.
    
Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward said Monday that suspect Joseph DeAngelo was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Claude Snelling, who was shot while stopping the kidnapping of his 16-year-old in Visalia.
    
The community college teacher was shot in 1975.
    
Visalia Police Chief Jason Salazar said detectives are also confident DeAngelo is a burglar known as the Visalia Ransacker, who struck more than 100 homes in the 1970s in the farming community about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Fresno.
    
DeAngelo worked as a police officer in nearby Exeter at the time.
    
The 72-year-old DeAngelo was previously charged in 12 killings throughout the state, including some in Santa Barbara County
    
Authorities arrested him in April based on DNA evidence.

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