Judge Set to Sentence Convicted Serial Killer Naso

Nov 22, 2013 12:04 PM

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — A judge is scheduled to sentence Joseph Naso, convicted of the decades-old killings of four women in Northern California, after a jury recommended a death sentence after finding the 79-year-old former photographer guilty.

Marin County Superior Court Judge Andrew Sweet on Friday could give Naso a death sentence, even though executions have been on hold in California since 2006.

Naso was convicted of killing four prostitutes with matching initials: Roxene Roggasch, Carmen Colon, Pamela Parsons and Tracy Tafoya.

The elderly defendant represented himself at trial, telling the jury he was no monster and did not kill those women.

But prosecutors presented a trove of evidence collected from Naso's Reno, Nev. home, including photographs of partially nude women appearing dead or knocked out, and a journal describing rapes of numerous women.

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