CA: Accused killer can plead to avoid death penalty

The Associated Press
Posted: 07/02/2009 02:55:47 PM PDT

STOCKTON, Calif.—A man whom authorities say strangled seven women throughout Central California is getting a chance to plead guilty to murders to avoid the death penalty.

San Joaquin County prosecutors say they will offer 70-year-old Roger Kibbe the deal at an Aug. 17 hearing.

Kibbe is accused of murdering five women in 1986 and one in 1977 along Interstate 5 in the Central Valley, giving him the nickname “I-5 Strangler.”

Kibbe was charged last year while serving a life sentence for strangling a 17-year-old West Sacramento prostitute and leaving her body south of Lake Tahoe in 1987. He was a skydiver and traces of nylon rope were found on the teenager’s body.

Investigators suspected him then of the other crimes, but it took decades to build the case against him.

Original at San Jose Mercury News


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