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The man who investigators believe is the East Area Rapist and Golden State Killer will return to court on Thursday.

Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, is accused of killing 12 people and raping 50 women in the 1970's and 1980's. When DeAngelo walks into court Thursday, the families of some of his alleged victims will be there to see him.

“I'm a little apprehensive,” said Debbi Domingo, who's mother was killed by the Golden State Killer. “I've been seeing the news clips and seeing my sister survivors in the court room, holding hands and praying with each other, and I just felt that strong desire to be part of that and to be there with them."

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Joseph James DeAngelo in a photo dated back to the 1970s and a police sketch of the Golden State Killer. (Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)

Domingo will join other women from different parts of the country at DeAngelo’s hearing. Domingo’s mother and mother’s boyfriend were murdered in 1981. She says her trip to Sacramento is about connecting with the survivors who overcame the damage those crimes did to their lives.

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“I've always believed that God can take any bad situation and turn it for the best and that's where we are,” said Domingo.

Domingo said she is looking forward to being a part of the "survivors presence."

“I hope that when he looks my way that he sees victory over what he tried to do to us. Tomorrow is going to be another step in the path for that justice and that closure," Domingo added.

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