Illinois Serial Killer Pleads Not Guilty in Deaths of 5 SoCal Women
Robbin Brandley was stabbed 40 times while walking through the parking lot at Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo.
Andrew Urdiales (Booking photo)
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Andrew Urdiales, 47, a former marine who was already on death row in Illinois, was extradited to Orange County late last year in connection with the Jan. 18, 1986 murder of 23-year old Robbin Brandley.
He will also be tried in Orange County for the slayings of four other women - Julie McGhee, Maryann Wells, Tammie Erwin and Denise Maney - whose bodies were found in Riverside and San Diego counties from 1988 to 1995.
Prosecutors say they wanted to try Urdiales in one trial in Orange County for the sake of family members of victims.
His first alleged victim, Robbin Brandley, was stabbed 41 times in the Saddleback College parking lot during a robbery.
Brandley was a volunteer usher at a campus jazz concert on the evening of January 19, 1986.
Prosecutors say Urdiales drove to the college from Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton armed with a six-inch blade hunting knife with intent to murder a random victim.
Brandley was leaving the concert when she was grabbed from behind.
She was found stabbed 41 times in the school parking lot.
His next four victims were prostitutes, police say.
On July 17, 1988, prosecutors say Urdiales picked up 29-year-old Julie McGhee in Indian Wells in Riverside County, had sex with her, then shot her in head, stole her ID and left her body in the desert.
Several months later on Sept. 25, 1988, Urdiales is accused of picking up 31-year-old Maryann Wells in San Diego, paid her $40 for sex, then shot her in head.
On April 16, 1989, Urdiales allegedly shot Tammie Erwin three times after driving her to a spot near Palm Springs and having sex with her.
The same gun was used to kill McGhee, Wells and Erwin, Orange County investigators said, but Urdiales allegedly disabled it and disposed of the parts.
On March 11, 1995, four years after being discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps, Urdiales is accused of picking up a 32-year-old prostitute named Denise Maney while on vacation from Illinois in the Palm Springs area.
The Urdiales is accused of driving Maney to a remote desert area in Palm Springs, forcing her to disrobe, tying her hands behind her back, and sexually assaulting her.
Afterward, he allegedly stabbed her to death.
In November 1996, Urdiales was arrested in Hammond, IN., after police officers observed him in his truck loitering in an area known for prostitution.
In a subsequent search of the defendant's vehicle, officers found a firearm, which Urdiales was not permitted to carry.
Urdiales was charged and convicted with a misdemeanor for the unauthorized possession of a handgun.
In April 1997, Illinois officers linked the firearm found in Urdiales' vehicle to the murders of Laura Uylaki, of Cook County, IL. in April 1996, Cassandra Corum, from Livingston County, IL. in July 1996 and Lynn Huber, of Cook County, IL. in August 1996.
In 2002, Urdiales was convicted and sentenced to death for the murders of Laura Uylaki and Lynn Huber.
But his death sentence was commuted to life without the possibility of a parole by then-Illinois Governor George Ryan.
In 2004, Urdiales was convicted of first degree murder for killing Cassandra Corum and was sentenced to the death penalty in that case.
As a result of the 1997 arrest, Urdiales was linked to the five Southern California murders.
He is set to appear in court on Feb. 10.