VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors have added another murder charge against a California serial killing suspect, boosting the number of victims to 13.
Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward said Monday that suspect Joseph DeAngelo was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Claude Snelling, who was shot while stopping the kidnapping of his 16-year-old in Visalia.
The community college teacher was shot in 1975.
Visalia Police Chief Jason Salazar said detectives are also confident DeAngelo is a burglar known as the Visalia Ransacker, who struck more than 100 homes in the 1970s in the farming community about 40 miles south of Fresno.
DeAngelo worked as a police officer in nearby Exeter at the time.
The 72-year-old DeAngelo was previously charged in 12 killings throughout the state.
Authorities arrested him in April based on DNA evidence.