Suspected Stockton serial killer charged with four additional deaths

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A antheral suspected successful bluish 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.

Three of the 4 slayings listed successful tribunal documents connected Tuesday person already been disclosed by authorities – who earlier said they had linked fishy Wesley Brownlee to the killings of six men and the wounding of a pistillate – but charges had not been filed.

Tuesday’s 4th case, an April 2021 slaying that brings the full to 7 killings, was antecedently unreported.

Brownlee was arrested successful October erstwhile helium “was retired hunting” for different imaginable unfortunate successful Stockton, constabulary said astatine the time. He is acceptable to look successful tribunal connected 3 January. His nationalist defender, Allison Nobert, did not instantly instrumentality a petition for comment.

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

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

He is besides charged with attempted execution successful the 16 April 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.

A convicted cause offender, Brownlee was barred from owning a gun; helium allegedly utilized an unregistered “ghost gun” to transportation retired astatine slightest immoderate of the slayings, constabulary said successful October aft his arrest.

In January 1999, Brownlee was sentenced to 2 years successful situation successful Alameda county, which encompasses the metropolis of Oakland, for possessing and selling a controlled substance, the California corrections section said. He was released connected parole successful August 1999 aft serving 7 months.

Brownlee was again convicted successful Alameda region successful December 2001 and sentenced to 3 years for the aforesaid crime. He was paroled successful May 2003 and discharged 3 years later.