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Death penalty deliberation to begin in triple murder case

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A jury will decide whether or not to recommend the death penalty for an insurance salesman convicted of fatally shooting three people -- a woman, her 2-year-old son, and a nanny at a Los Angeles apartment in May 2003. Deliberation is expected to begin Monday.

Prosecutors, who have not provided a motive for the triple killing, say 53-year-old Robin Kyu Cho shot the child and his nanny as they were in a bathtub, and then shot the mother as she walked into the apartment. 

Last week, Cho was convicted of murder with special circumstances. Latex gloves found at the scene provided DNA evidence linking him to the attack, say prosecutors.

It took Los Angeles police detectives six years to track down the killer, notes KPCC's Frank Stoltze. Cho, it turned out, lived three floors below the victims in the same 150-unit Miracle Mile apartment complex.

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For serial stabbing murders, D.A. will seek death penalty for Itzcoatl Ocampo

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Itzcoatl Ocampo.

The Orange County District Attorney will seek the death penalty against 24-year-old former Marine Itzcoatl Ocampo for the stabbing-murder of a mother and her son, and for murdering four homeless men in a "serial thrill-kill spree," according to a news release on Monday. 

Ocampo, held without bail, is charged with six felony counts of murder with special circumstances for multiple murders and lying in wait and sentencing enhancements for personal use of a deadly weapon, a knife, during the commission of a crime. 

A jury trial is scheduled for Sept. 10 in Santa Ana.  

More than 200 witnesses were interviewed before and after the arrest by the FBI, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Anaheim Police Department, Brea Police Department, and Placentia Police Department.

The accused killer revealed that he selected his victims based on availability and vulnerability, and intended to build a "kill list" of 16 names, according to the grand jury transcript released in March.

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