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Alcala did not present a defense in these four murders, which were linked to him by DNA and blood evidence.
Law enforcement officials are already looking at four other cold cases outside California they believe have strong ties to Alcala.
LOS ANGELES (CBS) Being sentenced to death for committing murder has become old hat for 66-year-old convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala.
Earlier this month, and for the third time in three decades, an Orange County jury convicted and sentenced Alcala to die for the kidnapping and rape of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe in 1979.
Matt Murphy and his boss, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckus, convinced Los Angeles DA Steve Cooley to allow Murphy to combine the LA cases with the Samsoe prosecution.
Cooley agreed and sent one of his own, Deputy District Attorney Gina Satriano, to be Murphy's co-counsel in Orange County.
In a move that drew the ire of Judge Francisco Briseno, who displayed the patience of an oak throughout the five-month proceedings, Alcala told the jury during his closing argument in essence that a vote for the death penalty would just force him to put his victim's families through more grief while he exercised every last right afforded to him in appealing a death penalty conviction. After both of his prior convictions he was thrown lifelines by the higher courts.