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Former Pendleton Marine Turned Serial Killer To Be Charged With SoCal Murders

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Orange County prosecutors will pursue charges against a former Camp Pendleton Marine accused of with killing five Southland women before moving back to his home state of Illinois, where he is serving time for killing three other women.

Andrew Urdiales, 45, is charged with killing five women in Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties between 1986 and 1995. He is eligible for the death penalty in California but already on death row in Illinois.

His arrest in Illinois and DNA gathered in those cases led to the charges in California, according to Orange County prosecutors.

Urdiales repeatedly stabbed Robbin Brandley Jan. 18, 1986, after she left a pianist's concert at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, prosecutors said. The 23-year-old was leaving a concert where she was volunteering as an usher when Urdiales allegedly grabbed her from behind, abducted and killed her.

The next victim was killed July 17, 1988. Urdiales allegedly picked up 29-year-old prostitute 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.

Urdiales killed another prostitute on Sept. 25, 1988, according to prosecutors. He allegedly picked up 31-year-old Maryann Wells in San Diego, paid her $40 for sex, then shot her in the head. He took back the $40, but left a used condom, according the District Attorney's office.

Another prostitute died 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.

Four years after Urdiales left the Marines, he allegedly picked up Denise Maney, a 32-year-old prostitute, while vacationing in Palm Springs.

Prosecutors said Urdiales, who had moved back to his hometown in Illinois, drove Maney into the desert, stripped her, tied her hands behind her back and raped her. Afterward, he allegedly stabbed her to death.

In April 1996, Urdiales killed prostitute Laura Uylaki at Wolf Lake in Illinois, shooting her twice in the head after sex and throwing her body in the lake, prosecutors said. He allegedly also took her identification.

In July of the same year, Urdiales handcuffed prostitute Cassandra Corum, taped her mouth shut and cut off her clothes, prosecutors said. Urdiales allegedly drove her to the Vermillion River, where he shot and stabbed her, then dumped the body in the river. Again,  prosecutors say he took Corum's identification.

Prostitute Lynn Huber died in August 1996, and her shot and stabbed body was dumped in Wolf Lake, just yards away from where investigators found Uylaki's body, prosecutors said. Urdiales allegedly took her ID and stuffed her clothes and personal items in a charity's collection bin.

Urdiales was arrested in November 1996 in Hammond, Ind., when officers saw him loitering in vehicle in an area known for prostitution. Police searched the vehicle and found a gun. Urdiales was eventually convicted of illegal possession of a handgun -- a misdemeanor.

Illinois authorities did ballistics tests on the gun found in Urdiales' car in Indiana, and those showed that the same weapon used to kill Uylaki, Corum and Huber, according to prosecutors. At that point, Urdiales was re-arrested and charged with the three Illinois murders.

Orange County prosecutors in June 1997 charged him with killing Brandley and were waiting to extradite him to California.

He was sentenced to death in Illinois in 2002, but then-Illinois Gov. George Ryan moved to commute all death penalty cases after evidence showed several innocent had been sentenced to die.

In 2004, Urdiales was sentenced to death for killing Corum. He is appealing, but he eventually will be extradited to California to face the charges here.

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