The Latest: 2 slayings not tied to Golden State Killer case

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California serial slayer known as the Golden State Killer (all times local):

6:50 p.m.

Authorities say DNA test results show the man accused in the notorious Golden State Killer case isn’t tied to the 1978 deaths of a woman and her 4-year-old son in Southern California.

Simi Valley police say DNA evidence found no match this week to Joseph DeAngelo. Authorities have charged the former police officer and say he’s responsible for 12 killings and nearly 50 rapes in the 1970s and ’80s.

Rhonda Wicht was strangled and her son suffocated at a Simi Valley home in 1978. Wicht’s ex-boyfriend, Craig Coley, was convicted and spent nearly 40 years in prison before DNA evidence cleared him.

Coley was pardoned and released from prison last fall.

The pardon followed a cold-case investigation launched in 2016 after a retired detective raised doubts about Coley’s guilt.


5:10 p.m.

Victims of a notorious California serial killer may get a renewed chance to seek compensation for their emotional trauma or financial losses under pending legislation.

The Sacramento Bee newspaper reported Wednesday that a budget measure would give victims until the end of 2019 to apply.

Normally victims have three years to file with the California Victim Compensation Board for crimes that, in this case, happened decades ago.

The measure would open a new window for victims to file claims after 72-year-old former police officer Joseph DeAngelo was charged in Golden State Killer case.

Authorities say the attacker is responsible for 12 slayings and nearly 50 rapes in the 1970s and ’80s.

Compensation amounts depend on when the crimes were committed. The ceiling was $10,000 in 1974 but rose to $46,000 by 1986.

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