More Charges Ahead For Man Held In Homeless Deaths


The Associated Press
February 4, 2012 8:09AM (UTC)

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors said Friday they plan to file two more murder charges against an ex-Marine accused of killing 4 homeless men in Southern California.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackaukas on Friday announced the pending charges against Itzcoatl Ocampo.

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Ocampo will be charged with the stabbing deaths of Raquel Estrada and her son Juan Herrera.

Charges were dropped earlier Friday against Estrada's son, 24-year-old Eder Herrera, who was arrested shortly after the October killings. A judge dismissed the charges after detectives linked Ocampo to the fatal stabbings and found that Ocampo was associated with Herrera.

Authorities earlier linked Ocampo to a killing spree in December and January targeting four homeless men: James Patrick McGillivray, 53, who was stabbed Dec. 20 near a shopping center in Placentia; Lloyd Middaugh, 42, who was found Dec. 28 near a riverbed trail in Anaheim; Paulus Smit, 57, who was stabbed to death outside a Yorba Linda library on Dec. 30; and John Berry, 64, who was stabbed to death on the day Ocampo was arrested.

Each of the four men was stabbed more than 40 times with a weapon believed to be a 7-inch, fixed-blade, military-type knife, authorities said.

Before Ocampo's Jan. 13 arrest, police fanned out across the county better known as the home to Disneyland and multimillion-dollar beachfront homes to urge the homeless to be careful and seek shelter indoors.

Ocampo has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder, plus the special circumstances of multiple victims and murder by lying-in-wait.

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