Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo, Accused Serial Killer of Six Orange Countians, to Face Death Penalty

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The death penalty will be sought against Yorba Linda 24-year-old Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo, the accused serial killer of four homeless men and a mother and grown son fatally stabbed between October 25 and January 13, prosecutors announced today.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas convened a panel of senior staff and veteran homicide prosecutors to go over the case before making the call to seek the ultimate punishment for the discharged Marine, according to his office.

The killing spree began with the October murders of Raquel Estrada, 53, who was stabbed more than 30 times in her upper body, and her 34-year-old son Juan Herrera, who was stabbed more than 60 times before their bodies were left on the floor of their Yorba Linda home.

Estrada's other son, Eder Herrera, was held for months on murder charges, but on Jan. 31 authorities matched DNA evidence from the crime scene to Ocampo, who was already in custody and had been friends with Eder Herrera in middle school and high school in Yorba Linda. Their homes were also blocks away from one another.


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The trail of blood blamed on Itzcoatl Ocampo may lead him to death row.
But Ocampo, who was discharged from the U.S. Marines in June 2010, had not yet been linked to that killing on Dec. 20, 2011, when James McGillivray was stabbed to death at his usual sleeping place, behind a commercial complex at 140 N. Bradford Ave., Placentia. After being struck several times in the head, the 53-year-old was stabbed more than 40 times in the head, neck, and upper torso. Surveillance video showed the homeless man was repeatedly stabbed even after he stopped moving.

After it was discovered 42-year-old Lloyd "Jimmy" Middaugh was murdered after being stabbed more than 50 times in the head and torso shortly before midnight on Dec. 27 at the 91 freeway underpass at the Santa Ana River Trail in Anaheim, police revealed they the stabbings of the two homeless men may be linked.

After another homeless man, 57-year-old Paulus "Dutch" Smit, was fatally stabbed--sustaining more than 60 wounds--the afternoon of Dec. 30 in a stairwell behind Yorba Linda Public Library, the FBI, Orange County Sheriff's Department and the police departments of Anaheim, Placentia and Brea formed the Homeless Homicide Investigative Task Force.

Panic was already spreading among the homeless community the evening of Jan. 13, when 64-year-old John Berry was approached by a man in a hooded sweatshirt on La Palma Avenue in Anaheim and stabbed several times.

As Berry was dying, witnesses who had seen the attack chased the man in the hoodie running away on foot. He was followed to a nearby mobile home park, which prompted law enforcement to establish a perimeter. Ocampo was arrested shortly thereafter, and according to police he was wearing a dark hoodie and had blood on his hands and face.

Currently, Ocampo's jury trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 10 in Santa Ana.

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BetaRayBill
BetaRayBill

DO NOT let this pendejo appeal once he is convicted and senteced to death.  Merece la muerte por culero.

mitch young
mitch young

Maybe the horse involved in the "Mr. Hands" incident is available.

BetaRayBill
BetaRayBill

When,and if I want your opinion, I ll BITCH slap it out of you. In the mean time, let civilized people discuss the matter at hand.  

BetaRayBill
BetaRayBill

Oh please Relax Young Bitch, I mean Mitch..  That was not a threat. It was friendly advice. Besides, I would never ask for the opinion of someone with double digit IQ.  You are safe little primate. Friendly (tap tap) on your deformed head.

mitch young
mitch young

Just hold down the 'option' (Mac) or 'alt graph' (Windoze) key before typing n and you get a nice 'ñ', as in Señor.

But I guess that's hard for a hunt and PECKER.

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

Mark this moment in history: Senor Klan-y is allowing himself to be colored.

mitch young
mitch young

Oooo, threats over the internet. Color me scared.

mitch young
mitch young

Take him to South OC -- march him to the top of the 'Ziggurat' building, slice his heart open with an obsidian knife, rip out his heart and offer it to the Sun. All on the summer solstice. 

Oh, and use his limbs to make Chile Verde -- the Aztecs loved that long pork.

mitch young
mitch young

dammit "slice his heart open" -- slice his chest open

BetaRayBill
BetaRayBill

He will get a lethal injection, the civilized people of the state of California are not going to stoop to his level.  If you want to butcher him the way he butched his victimes, then perhaps you are no different that he is.

Soho_d J
Soho_d J

 Is this the type of contribution you were whining about? You sound like another O.C. Weekly jack ass. Hope my language wasn't too rough for you.   

Prawda
Prawda

The needle will go in his arm in who's lifetime? California does not execute people. Soon the kool aid drinkers will  vote to repeal the death penalty and spend  the millions on Brown's  ghost train to no where.

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

I think you're confusing this with the food blog again, Mitch.

Prawda
Prawda

What state is giving him the death penalty? California doesn't have one. The bleeding heart liberals led by Brown, Feinstein and Sanchez won't allow it.  Keep voting them in, dunces. It's all show. Texas has it right but they have a Conservative governor. Get it?  Didn't think so.

Mike
Mike

Put that sorry piece of crap down.

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