OC Prosecutors Says Death Penalty Sought in Serial Killings

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(Left to right) Steven Dean Gordon, Franc Cano

(Left to right) Steven Dean Gordon, Franc Cano

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say they’ll seek the death penalty in the case of a convicted sex offender charged with the rape and murder of four California women.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said his office will seek the sentence for Steven Dean Gordon in a statement Friday.

The 46-year-old Gordon has pleaded not guilty to both the murder and rape charges.

A co-defendant, 29-year-old Franc Cano, is being tried separately on the same charges and has also pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors have not said whether they’ll seek the death penalty for him.

Prosecutors say the men worked together to sexually assault and kill four women while wearing GPS tracking devices ordered after prior sex crimes. Authorities say the monitoring systems helped investigators link the pair to the killings.