The trial for accused serial killer Itzcoatl Ocampo will most likely be moved into early 2014. The 25-year-old man who is accused of fatally stabbing a mother, her adult son, and 4 homeless men officially has a November 1st start date. His defense attorneys are pursuing a possible insanity defense for the U.S. Marine. The prosecution will pursue the death penalty. The judge seems to agree with the defense that more time is necessary to go over the “vast amount” of material.
Raquel Estrada, 53, and her 34-year-old son, Juan Herrera, were stabbed to death on Oct. 25, 2011 in their home. Ocampo’s classmate, Estrada’s other adult son was falsely arrested, accused, and charged with the murders of his mother and brother.
The first homeless victim was 53-year-old James McGillivray, who was stabbed to death as he slept outside a Placentia shopping center in the overnight hours of Dec. 20, 2011. Lloyd “Jim” Middaugh, 42, turned up fatally stabbed on the Santa Ana River Trail in Anaheim a little more than a week later. Paulus Cornelius “Dutch” Smit, 57, was found dead–another victim of stab wounds–in a stairwell behind a library 2 days after that on December 30th.
By then, police had formed a multi-agency task force fearing a serial killer preying on the homeless. When transient John Berry was stabbed to death in a public area on January 13, 2012, civilians chased the attacker, who fled to a mobile home park. Ocampo was discovered and arrested there by police.
After Ocampo was arrested, Estrada’s son, Eder Giovanni Herrera was released from jail before the prosecution announced their intent to seek the death penalty against Ocampo. Prosecutors also revealed at that same press conference that Ocampo was suspected in the stabbings of the mother and son. Ocampa is charged with 6 counts of murder and the special-circumstance of multiple murders and lying in wait.