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Naso denies he is serial killer

Says law enforcement officials have the wrong man

Posted: August 16, 2013 11:12 p.m.
Updated: August 16, 2013 11:12 p.m.

Alleged serial killer Joseph Naso makes his closing statements in front of Judge Andrew Sweet in Marin Superior Court on Friday in San Rafael.

 

SAN RAFAEL (AP) — Joseph Naso, taking on the air of a befuddled and sometimes cantankerous grandfather, stood before jurors on Friday and told them law enforcement officials and prosecutors made a grievous error: He is not the long-time serial killer of young women they say he is.
Naso, 79, is representing himself and has pleaded not guilty in Marin County Superior Court to four counts of murder that could result in the death penalty if he is convicted. The alleged victims of the retired commercial photographer all had alliterative initials in their names, and he is a suspect in as many as six more unsolved deaths.
In his closing argument, Naso implored jurors to ignore the mountain of evidence prosecutors presented during the two-month trial to prove he was a predatory killer who picked up young prostitutes and killed them — two in the 1970s and two in the 1990s. He called the incriminating DNA found on some of the bodies inconclusive and said the obituaries of two of the victims that investigators found in his safe deposit box meant nothing.
He agreed that his ex-wife’s DNA was on pantyhose found around the neck of Roxene Roggasch and that his own genetic material was found on pantyhose the 18-year-old victim was wearing when her body was found in the northern San Francisco suburb of Fairfax.
“With regard to my DNA, all that proves is that I may have had sex with the victim,” Naso said.
And the pantyhose around the victim’s neck with his ex-wife’s DNA?
“That only tells them that someone wrapped them around her neck — but not who,” he said.
Naso, dressed in a jacket and tie and often speaking with hands in his pockets or behind his back, meandered from point to point and was admonished several times by Judge Andrew Sweet to cease discussing evidence and incidents not mentioned during the trial.
Naso grumbled his consent and continued his attack on the prosecution’s case by arguing that no witnesses could testify they saw him with any of the victims on the last day of their lives.
Sweet called a halt to Naso’s arguments shortly after 4 p.m. as Naso fumbled to find a map he wanted to show jurors as they sat in awkward silence.

 

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