Northern California jury deciding ‘Gypsy Hill Killer’ case

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California jury has started its deliberations in the murder trial of a career criminal authorities believe is the Gypsy Hill Killer.

San Mateo County jurors started deliberating Tuesday afternoon after eight days of testimony in Redwood City, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of San Francisco.

Rodney Halbower is charged with raping and killing two teenage women in 1976 in the quiet suburbs just south of San Francisco. Authorities said DNA evidence tied the 69-year-old to the two murders and four other rapes and killings of young women during a five-month period in 1976.

Halbower disrupted the opening of his trial on Sept. 7 by shouting at the jury that he was innocent and had never raped or killed anyone.

The judge rejected calls for a mistrial.

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