Illinois murder convict accused in 5 Calif. deaths

October 4, 2011 - 3:35 PM

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former U.S. Marine who was convicted of three murders in Illinois will return to California this week to be tried in five additional murder cases.

Orange County prosecutors said Tuesday that 47-year-old Andrew Urdiales will arrive Thursday to be prosecuted in the cases from Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties that stretch from 1986 to 1995.

Urdiales has prior convictions in Illinois for killing two women in 2002 and another in 2004.

Prosecutors say Urdiales killed four of the Southern California women while stationed at various military facilities in the region.

He is accused of killing the fifth woman while on vacation in Palm Springs in 1995, and was arrested the following year in Indiana.

Orange County will prosecute all five cases in a consolidated proceeding.