Charges Dropped Against Son Of Calif Murder Victim

Published February 4, 2012 2:27AM (EST)

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Charges have been dropped against the son of a murder victim after detectives linked the case to a suspected California serial killer.

An Orange County judge dismissed the charges against 24-year-old Eder Herrerra on Friday. Herrerra was arrested shortly after his mother and brother were found stabbed to death in October.

On Thursday, investigators said they linked Itzcoatl (itz-KWAH'-tuhl) Ocampo to the fatal stabbings and that Ocampo was associated with Herrera.

Ocampo is charged with stabbing to death four homeless men in a killing spree that terrorized Orange County in December and January.

By Salon Staff

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