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Serial killer charged with 5 murders in SoCal

October 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A convicted serial killer serving time in Illinois for three murders was in a Southern California courtroom on Friday.

Convicted serial killer Andrew Urdiales is charged with five other murders here. One of the victims was 23-year-old Robin Brandley, who was stabbed to death in the parking lot at Saddleback College back on Jan. 18, 1986.

Brandley's parents were in court Friday where they got to see the man accused of killing their daughter.

"I looked him right in the face, he was glaring and staring at the audience like he knew some people in the audience," said father Jack Reilley. "I just had a chill run down my spine."

"It was by accident I saw him," said mother Genelle Reilley. "I didn't want to look at him. I just don't know how anyone can do that to another human being; 41 times she was stabbed."

"Her life was full of every promise," said Jack Reilley. "And you saw that mean piece of you-know-what sitting in there this afternoon. It's just not fair."

Besides Brandley's death in Mission Viejo, Urdiales is also charged with murdering four other women- one in San Diego, one in Cathedral City and two in Palm Springs.

Urdiales, a former Marine, was on death row for the killings in Illinois. But that's been changed to life in prison now that the death penalty's been banned in Illinois.

The Orange County District Attorney has yet to decide whether he'll seek the death penalty.

"He really does take this very seriously," said prosecutor Howard Gundy. "Having said that you would think this is the type of the case, it's not beyond the stretch of imagination that you think he might agree, or not agree but make the decision to seek the death penalty on this."

Urdiales will be back in court Dec. 1.

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