LA County officials connect man to more murders

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L.A. County Sheriff Baca and other officials at a news conference in Monterey Park. Authorities announced they charged murder suspect John Wesley Ewell with more killings.

Prosecutors charged a murder suspect with more killings after they initially arrested him for two. They say all the killings were committed during home invasion robberies.

Last week, L.A. County Sheriff’s Department authorities charged John Wesley Ewell with the murders of a married couple in Hawthorne. Detectives say the two were bound and strangled in their home. Ewell allegedly used the victims' ATM card.

Now, officials say they’ve linked Ewell to two more killings – An 80 year-old retiree in Hawthorne and a 53 year-old woman in Los Angeles. Investigators say those victims were also discovered bound and strangled in their homes.

Ewell allegedly gave away, pawned and sold property belonging to the victims. Investigators say he had posed as a utility or handyman to get into the victims’ homes. The crimes happened over the span of about a month – from September to October.

Though officials have charged Ewell with the four murders, they’re asking the public for tips – any information they may have on Ewell. They think he may have tried get into other people’s homes.

Ewell is ordered back to court for arraignment in a few weeks.

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