Serial sex offender Steven Gordon guilty of killing four women in Los Angeles
At least three of the murders were carried out while the 47-year-old was wearing a GPS bracelet
A serial sex offender has been found guilty of killing four women crimes that were mostly committed while he was being tracked by GPS and that now make him eligible for a death sentence.
Victims relatives clutched hands in the Orange County courtroom and closed their eyes while the guilty verdicts against Steven Dean Gordon were read. Some trembled and some cried.
I cant say its justice but its peace. Its a little bit of peace, Jodi Estepp, the mother of 21-year-old victim Jarrae Estepp, told Associated Press outside the courtroom.
Gordon, who partly blamed his actions on probation officers for failing to keep track of his movements, showed no emotion in court. He also told police he had killed a fifth, unidentified woman.
Jurors also found Gordon guilty of special circumstances of murder during a kidnapping and multiple murders, which will make him eligible for a death sentence.
A penalty phase will begin on Monday when jurors will decide whether to recommend a death sentence or life in prison without parole.
Authorities said Gordon, 47, and 30-year-old sex offender Franc Cano, who is being tried separately, abducted and killed four women. Prosecutors charged both men with rape but later dropped the rape charges against Gordon without explanation.
Investigators said they pieced together the case after Estepps body was found on a conveyor belt at a recycling center in Anaheim in March 2014.