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Jury Sentences Convicted Serial Killer Joseph Naso to Death

Joseph Naso, who was convicted of murdering four women between 1977 and 1994, was sentenced to death on Sept. 17, 2013, in Marin County Superior Court. Pool photo by Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal.
Joseph Naso, who was convicted of murdering four women between 1977 and 1994, was sentenced to death on Sept. 17, 2013, in Marin County Superior Court. Pool photo by Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal.

By Bay City News Service

A Marin County Superior Court jury sentenced convicted serialkiller Joseph Naso to death today.

The verdict was read at 3:45 p.m. in Department F in San Rafael.

Naso, 79, of Reno, Nev., was convicted Aug. 20 of strangling Roxene Roggasch, Tracy Tafoya, Pamela Parsons and Carmen Colon. Their bodies were found off of rural roads in Contra Costa, Marin and Yuba counties between 1977 and 1994.

The jury started deliberations at 10:15 a.m. today after Judge Andrew Sweet allowed Naso to reopen his closing argument, which he had completed Monday.

Naso addressed the jury for about six minutes and again asked them not to impose the death penalty. He would have faced life without parole if the jury did not recommend the death penalty.

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J D Harris September 18, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Job well done, DDAs Dori Ahana & Rosemary Slote.

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