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Death penalty sought in N. Calif. serial slayings

Calif. prosecutors to seek death penalty against Nevada man charged in 4 prostitute slayings By The Associated Press

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) ' California prosecutors in the murder case against suspected serial killer Joseph Naso say they plan to seek the death penalty.

The announcement was made in a Marin County Superior Court hearing Wednesday as the 78-year-old Reno, Nev., man re-entered not-guilty pleas to four counts of murder.

Naso is accused of killing Roxene Roggasch in 1977, Carmen Colon in 1978, Pamela Parsons in 1993 and Tracy Tafoya in 1994. All four victims were prostitutes who were found strangled in rural areas of Northern California.

Deputy District Attorney Dori Ahana would not elaborate on the decision to pursue the death penalty. She only noted that the case involved multiple victims, a special circumstance that made him eligible for the punishment.

Naso is acting as his own attorney.

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