Calif. AG: Let NY try convicted '70s serial killer

By JENNIFER PELTZ | November 30, 2011 | 4:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — California authorities say it's time for New York prosecutors to get a chance to press 1970s murder charges against a convicted serial killer on California's death row.

Rodney Alcala is fighting to avoid being transferred to New York to face recently filed charges in two slayings from the '70s. The former TV dating-show contestant already faces execution in five other '70s stranglings in California.

Alcala has said he needs to stay in California to work on his appeal.

But California Attorney General Kamala Harris says in court papers filed this month Alcala can do what's needed from a New York jail. Harris says Manhattan prosecutors shouldn't have to wait for his appeal to play out.

The 68-year-old Alcala had convictions overturned twice before his latest trial, last year.