Two California men indicted for killing,
raping four women
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[October 03, 2014]
(Reuters) - Two southern California
men were indicted on Thursday for the rape and murder of four women, the
Orange County District Attorney's office said, in crimes that came to
light when the body of one of the victims was found at a recycling
Franc Cano, 28, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were both registered
sex offenders and had been wearing GPS tracking devices, which
allowed investigators using positioning data to link them to the
crimes, police said.
They face four counts of murder with special circumstances for the
kidnapping and multiple killings, and four counts of forcible rape,
the District Attorney's office said.
The two are slated to be arraigned on Friday morning at a Santa Ana
If convicted, they face a minimum sentence of life in prison without
the possibility of parole and are eligible for the death penalty,
the attorney's office said.
The investigation began after employees at a recycling facility in
Anaheim, which is about 25 miles (40 km) south of Los Angeles and is
the city where both suspects are from, found the body of a woman on
a conveyor belt, police said.
The victim came from Oklahoma. Police said the four women, all of
them in the 20s and 30s, were "engaged in prostitution" at the time
they were killed.
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Cano and Gordon were arrested and charged with the murders in April
and have been in jail ever since, prison records show. They pleaded
not guilty to the crimes then, court records show.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Crispian
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