SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — A judge in Marin County has ordered a serial killer sentenced to death to reimburse $170,000 the county spent helping him mount a legal defense.
But the Marin Independent Journal reports that the county may have a hard time recovering the money because 79-year-old Joseph Naso managed to liquidate at least $300,000 worth of his assets while he was awaiting trial.
Naso, a former photographer, was convicted in August of murdering four young California women during the 1970s and 1990s. All the victims had alliterative first and last names that started with the same initial.
Although he represented himself during his two-month trial, he was assigned a public defender to advise him. The costs the county is seeking to recover also went toward evidence and investigative work.
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