Investigators Can Take Picture of Suspected Golden State Killer's Penis, Judge Rules

Investigators Can Take Picture of Suspected Golden State Killer's Penis, Judge Rules

Judge Michael Sweet of Sacramento County Superior Court ruled Thursday that collecting biological evidence and photographs does not require DeAngelo to talk to investigators and thus does not violate his rights. Authorities arrested Joseph DeAngelo last month on suspicion of committing at least 12 murders and 50 rapes in California between 1976 and 1986.

Howard filed the motion to block efforts by the district attorney to take DNA, fingerprints and photos of DeAngelo's body.

Poyser said he hopes a full DNA profile will be found that will let detectives try the same DNA sleuthing techniques that investigators used to arrest Joseph DeAngelo on April 25.

The suspected Golden State Killer will be in court this morning.

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DeAngelo has yet to enter a plea in the case.

Sacramento Sheriff John McGinness said the request for the photographs may be related to clues issued by law enforcement dating back to the 70s and 80s when authorities were searching for an East Area Rapist suspect.

Decades after a crime spree that sowed fear in communities throughout the state, authorities last week tracked down the suspect by comparing genetic profiles from genealogy websites to crime scene DNA, according to prosecutors.

At the time they publicized the notion that he was not well endowed, McGinness said. On Sunday, the USA government will open nationwide enrollment for an ambitious experiment: If they can build a large enough database comparing the genetics, lifestyles and environments of people from all walks of life, researchers hope to learn why some escape illness and others don't, and better customize ways to prevent and treat disease.

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The judge had delayed the hearing for 24 hours to give him a chance to review the defense motion and the prosecution's application for the search warrant, which was approved by a magistrate before DeAngelo's arrest last week.

DeAngelo's public defender opposed the search warrant in court on Wednesday.

DeAngelo is scheduled to return to court May 14.

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