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Alcala guilty on all counts

Twice-convicted man gets third verdict for the murder of Huntington Beach girl and four Los Angeles women.

February 25, 2010|By Britney Barnes

Rodney James Alcala was found guilty on all counts this afternoon of the murder of Robin Samsoe in 1979 and four Los Angeles women in the late 1970s.

Robin and a friend were approached by Alcala on the beach June 20, 1979. He used a line about a photo contest to take their picture.

Robin borrowed her friend’s bike and took off for ballet class, but wasn’t seen again until her skeletal remains were found in the woods of Sierra Madre.

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This is Alcala’s third guilty conviction for Robin’s death. He has been sentenced to death twice, but the convictions were overturned on appeal.

It wasn’t until after his second conviction that DNA evidence linked Alcala to one of the Los Angeles cases.


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