Prosecutor: 4 More Slayings Tied to California Serial Killer

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STOCKTON, Calif.—A antheral suspected successful Northern California serial killings has been charged successful 4 further slayings this week, bringing the full to 7 deaths since April 2021, authorities said.

The shootings terrorized the Central Valley metropolis of Stockton earlier this twelvemonth arsenic constabulary searched for a antheral clad successful achromatic who appeared to beryllium “on a mission” arsenic helium hunted victims for ambush-style shootings. He was besides tied to unit successful Alameda County.

Wesley Brownlee was arrested successful October erstwhile helium “was retired hunting” for different imaginable unfortunate successful Stockton, constabulary said astatine the time. Authorities had said they had linked him to the killings of six men and the wounding of a woman. Prosecutors charged him successful a seventh killing, which had not been disclosed before, connected Tuesday.

Brownlee is acceptable to look successful tribunal Jan. 3. His nationalist defender, Allison Nobert, did not instantly instrumentality a petition for comment.

Brownlee was initially lone charged successful the deaths of 3 victims successful Stockton: Jonathan Rodriguez Hernandez, 21, who died Aug. 30; Juan Cruz, 52, who died Sept. 21; and Lawrence Lopez Sr., 54, who died Sept. 27.

The amended complaint, filed Tuesday, additionally charges Brownlee with the killings of Paul Yaw, 35, who died July 8, and Salvador Debudey Jr., 43, who died Aug. 11, successful Stockton, arsenic good arsenic the Alameda County fatal shootings of Juan Vasquez Serrano, 39, connected April 10, 2021, and Mervin Harmon connected April 16, 2021.

He is besides charged with attempted execution successful the April 16, 2021, shooting of Natasha LaTour, 46.

Harmon had not antecedently been publically linked to Brownlee’s spate of shootings.

Additional details astir Harmon’s decease were not instantly available.

The Associated Press