A convicted serial killer will return to California this week to stand trial in the murders of five women. Authorities expect the man to arrive in the Southland on Thursday.
Juries in Illinois convicted former U.S. Marine Andrew Urdiales of three murders in Illinois — and sentenced him to die for two of them.
Illinois commuted his death sentences to life in prison when the state banned the death penalty.
Prosecutors in Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties accuse Urdiales of killing four other women while he was stationed at various military bases between 1986 and 1995. The first of those murders claimed the life of a Saddleback College student.
The cases will be consolidated and tried in Orange County.