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Jury seated in death penalty case against Naso

Posted: June 13, 2013 11:00 a.m.
Updated: June 13, 2013 11:00 a.m.
 

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — A jury has been selected in the death penalty case against Joseph Naso, who is charged with the decades-old murders of four Northern California women.

The Marin Independent Journal reports (http://bit.ly/12J97K7 ) that the 12-person panel was finalized Wednesday after weeks of jury selection.

The 79-year-old Naso is serving as his own attorney. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and questioned many of the prospective jurors himself.

Naso is charged with murdering 18-year-old Roxene Roggasch in 1977; 22-year-old Carmen Colon in 1978; 38-year-old Pamela Parsons in 1993; and 31-year-old Tracy Tafoya in 1994.

Investigators say Naso's DNA was found on one victim, and a trove of photographs of dead or unconscious women was found in his Reno, Nev., home.

Opening statements are scheduled for Monday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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