SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Jurors are deliberating whether to recommend a life sentence or death for convicted serial killer Joseph Naso.
The panel began its deliberations Tuesday after hearing closing arguments from Naso, who represented himself and asked the jury to spare his life.
The 79-year-old former photographer was convicted of killing four Northern California women in the 1970s and 1990s. All four had matching initials: Roxene Roggasch, Carmen Colon, Pamela Parsons and Tracy Tafoya.
In closing arguments, prosecutors argued for a death sentence, presenting crime scene photos showing the victims' strangled bodies. Prosecutor Dori Ahana let a timer tick down from two minutes to zero — the time it takes an asphyxiated person to die.
Once the jury makes its recommendation, Marin County Superior Court Judge Andrew Sweet makes a final decision.
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