The Latest: AP, others seek warrants in serial killer case
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a decades-old serial killing and rape case in California (all times local):
The Associated Press and several other news organizations are asking a judge to unseal the search and arrest warrants for a man who authorities say was one of California’s most elusive serial killers.
Attorneys for the media organizations filed a motion Tuesday in Sacramento seeking access to the documents in the Golden State Killer case.
Last week, detectives arrested Joseph James DeAngelo, a 72-year-old former police officer.
Authorities believe he is the serial rapist and killer responsible for 12 killings and nearly 50 rapes in the 1970s and 80s.
The motion asks the court to unseal the warrants and cites the longstanding right to access court records and immense interest in the case.
The attorneys argue the warrants could also provide additional details about DNA techniques that were used to identify DeAngelo.
Investigators hunting one of California’s most elusive serial killers subpoenaed a genetic website last year while investigating an Oregon man who was misidentified as a potential suspect.
The rare instance of investigators compelling a genetic company to provide user information adds to growing privacy concerns involving law enforcement and companies with users who submit their DNA to discover their heritage.
Court records obtained by The Associated Press last week showed investigators convinced a judge in March 2017 to order the 73-year-old Oregon man to provide a DNA sample.
They said they compared crime-scene DNA linked to the serial killer to information on a free online genealogical site, YSearch.org.
The site’s parent company says Tuesday it received a subpoena the same month for limited information about one user but wouldn’t say if it was for the same person.
Police later used DNA to tie a former police officer to most of the killings between 1976 and 1986 as part of the Golden State Killer case.