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Man Killed 14 Women in California; Now Faces Charges for Another Gruesome Killing in Utah: Heading to Death Row

Man Killed 14 Women in California; Now Faces Charges for Another Gruesome Killing in Utah: Heading to Death Row

Authorities have announced that a man responsible for the deaths of 14 women in Los Angeles between 1987 and 1998 is now facing charges for the murder of another woman in Utah.

57-year-old Chester Turner is currently serving time in a California state prison for the tragic deaths of 14 women. These incidents occurred in a concentrated area along Figueroa Street, south of the 10 Freeway. A majority of the victims were individuals engaged in sex work or experiencing homelessness, with one of them being pregnant.

He was previously referred to by prosecutors as the city’s most prolific serial killer, with many of his victims also being subjected to sexual assault.

The Salt Lake City District Attorney’s Office made an announcement on Friday regarding Turner’s murder charge in connection with the tragic death of Itisha Camp. Her body was discovered on September 24, 1998, at the rear of a business by three juveniles. According to prosecutors, she was a victim of strangulation, which is a method commonly used by Turner in his crimes in Los Angeles.

Authorities in Utah have successfully connected Camp’s murder to Turner using DNA evidence. According to reports, Turner allegedly fled to Utah in 1998, which was a violation of his parole in California for auto theft and drug sales.

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“The past 25 years must have been incredibly challenging for Ms. Camp’s family and loved ones, as they lived with the uncertainty of whether the individual responsible for her murder was still at large,” expressed Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill. “The filing of this charge is expected to provide some relief to Ms. Camp’s loved ones and the entire community, as the defendant is already in custody.”

Turner was found guilty in April 2007 of 10 counts of first-degree murder. Later in 2014, he was convicted and given a death sentence for the four additional killings. The status of his appeal for those four murders is still pending.

Turner resided within close proximity to each of the killings, with Bries’ body found in downtown Los Angeles just a short distance from his residence at the time.

DNA test results connected him to the strangulations after he was arrested and found guilty of raping a woman on Skid Row in 2002.

In 2014, he was convicted for the murders of four women. The victims were Elandra Bunn, Deborah Williams, Mary Edwards, and Cynthia Annette Johnson as reported by ABC7 News.

The timing and location of his transfer to Utah to face the new murder charge remain uncertain.

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