On 13th June 2018 at Santa Ana, California, a jury recommended the death penalty for convicted serial killer, Andrew Urdiales. He was convicted in may 2018 of killing five women in southern California between 1986 and 1995.
The jury too one day to reach the verdict.
Urdiales was convicted of killing three women in Indiana and Illinois in 2002 and 2004. He was sentenced to death for two of the murders but escaped the sentence when then state Governor commuted all death sentences in Illinois to life imprisonment. He was subsequently sentenced to death for the third murder but this was commuted to life without the possibility of parole when Illinois abolished the death penalty in 2011.
The five California murders took place while Urdiales was serving the the Marines at Camp Pendleton. His lawyer told the court that Urdiales suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome and that a troubled childhood left him with anger management issues.
A judge is due to rule on the death sentence in August.