Wednesday marked one year since the suspected Golden State Killer and East Area Rapist was arrested at his home in Citrus Heights.
Investigators used DNA to connect him to 13 murders and more than 50 rapes across California in the 1970s and 80s. The suspect, Joseph James DeAngelo, is in jail waiting for his trial, which could still take several years.
According to Sacramento County Governmental Relations and Legislative Officer Natasha Drane, the trial is estimated to cost more than $20 million.
Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) is trying to pass legislation that would provide a mechanism in which counties can request reimbursement for costs related to the prosecution and defense of the Golden State Killer.
On Wednesday, Assembly Bill 141 passed out of the Assembly Committee on Local Government. AB 141 will now head to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations.
Earlier this month, prosecutors said they are going to seek the death penalty if DeAngelo is convicted.
The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office says there is still no timeline of when DeAngelo's trial could begin. DeAngelo's next hearing is on August 22.
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