Wyoming won’t press murder case against serial killer
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A prosecutor says an imprisoned serial killer sentenced to death in California is too ill to face a new murder charge in Wyoming.
Rodney Alcala was charged last month in connection with the 1977 killing of a 28-year-old Christine Ruth Thornton. Her remains were found in 1982 in a remote area of southwest Wyoming.
Sweetwater County Attorney Daniel Erramouspe says the 73-year-old Alcala is hospitalized in a California prison and is in such bad health that he can’t be extradited to Wyoming.
Alcala has been connected to six murders in two states, though authorities estimate he may have killed up to 130 people across the country.
New evidence, including DNA testing, linked Alcala to the Wyoming case.