Orange County D.A. to Seek Death Penalty in Two Cases

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced he will seek the death penalty against two men who are accused of killing multiple people each. Andrew Urdiales is charged with five counts of special circumstances murder from cases in Orange County, Riverside County and San Diego County. Urdiales is already serving a life sentence in Illinois for the murder of two women one in 2002 and one in 2004.

Urdiales is accused of killing Saddleback College student Robbin Brandley, 23 on January 18 1986. Urdiales stabbed Brandley 41 times in the back, neck, hands and chest when she left a jazz concert on campus. According to authorities, Urdiales went to the college campus with a six-inch blade hunting knife looking for a random person to murder.

Pasqual Loera 33, of Redlands also faces the death penalty in a case where he is charged with killing Westminster couple, Julie Palasko and Dennis Koire after pretending to be interested in purchasing their vehicle. Loera, a Navy deserter, saw the car ad in Auto Trader in February 2010. He went to the couple’s home and instead of buying the car, shot Palasko dead and wounded Koire with a bullet to the head before fleeing to Nevada in their vehicle. Koire was in a coma for 13 months before dying in March of 2011.

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