Lab Testing Zodiac Killer DNA Renews Hope Of Solving Case

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Judge Michael Sweet of Sacramento County Superior Court ruled Thursday that collecting biological evidence and photographs does not require DeAngelo to talk to investigators and thus does not violate his rights.

DeAngelo, in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffed to a wheelchair, appeared alongside Howard.

Investigators say DNA evidence tied Joseph DeAngelo to the series of killings, rapes and burglaries that occurred between 1976 and 1986 across California. Police then collected DNA from DeAngelo's trash to confirm the match before his arrest. He's accused of murdering at least a dozen people and raping 50.

The Associated Press and other news organizations on Tuesday filed a motion to unseal the full search and arrest warrants for DeAngelo, which could provide additional details about the DNA techniques prosecutors used to identify him. They also noted that the man who terrorized California for over ten years as the "Golden state Killer" apparently was motivated by anger, so the detectives believe he could continue to commit murder. The DNA was a close match for relatives, and authorities eventually were led to DeAngelo's home in the Sacramento suburb of Citrus Heights, not far from where numerous sexual assaults occurred. He has not entered a plea.

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"There will come a time when we get a match", he said.

Decades after a crime spree that sowed fear in communities throughout the state, authorities last week tracked down the suspect by comparing genetic profiles from genealogy websites to crime scene DNA, according to prosecutors. They had planned to do so on Wednesday but the defense attempt to prevent them halted that.

Deputy Sacramento County District Attorney Thienvu Ho declined to answer questions about why prosecutors needed the DNA, fingerprints and photographs of DeAngelo's naked body, including his genitalia.

Howard argued in a movement that the search warrant must be stopped as a result of it was permitted earlier than DeAngelo was arrested and arraigned final week. A hearing is scheduled for May 14.

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