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Ex-Marine Serial Killer Found Death in San Quentin Cell, Suspected Suicide

Share this article: Andrew Urdiales. Photo courtesy of the Illinois Department of Corrections The former Navy convicted and convicted of…

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The former Navy convicted and convicted of the death of a San Diego woman and four others in southern California found death in his prison cell at San Quentin, announced prison authorities on Monday.

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Andrew Urdiales, 54, did not find himself reacted during a security check around 11:15 on Friday night, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Prison workers performed CPR, but Urdiales was pronounced dead at 12:01 on Saturday, officials said.

The cause of his death awaits the results of an autopsy but it was considered suicide because he was in the cell himself, CDCR officials said.

Urdiales convicted of southern California kills May 23, and the same jury recommended in June that he is killed. He was formally sentenced to death on October 5th.

Urdiales killed five women in Orange, San Diego and Riverside County between 1986 and 1995.

He had been sentenced to death in Chicago and Livingston County, Illinois, in two separate attempts there to kill three women, but when the death penalty Abolished in Illinois, he was sentenced to life without parole. He went to Orange County 2011 to be tried for the five murders in southern California.

The court in Orange County, Gregg Prickett, saw that Urdiales was sentenced to five consecutive death sentences if one of his individual judgments was angry or commuted

Urdiales were sentenced to kill:

  • 23-year-old Robbin Brandley, who was attacked when she went to her car after a concert on January 18, 1986 at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo;
  • 29-year-old Julie McGhee, July 17, 1988 in Cathedral City
  • 31-year-old Maryann Wells September 25, 1988 in San Diego
  • 20-year-old Tammie Erwin, April 16, 1989 in Palm Springs; and
  • 32-year-old Denise Maney March 11, 1995 in Palm Springs.

City News Service contributed to this report

Ex-Marine Serial Killer Found Death in San Quentin Cell, Suspected Suicide Last Modified: November 5, 2018 of Alexander Nguyen

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