SAN RAFAEL, CA. For Immediate Release. By Cody Salfen. Joseph Naso – a convicted serial killer – was sentenced to death in a Marin County, California court. The death sentence for Naso comes after Naso was convicted of four counts of murder for killing prostitutes – Roxene Roggasch, Carmen Colon, Pamela Parsons and Tracy Tafoya. Each of the four victim’s first and last names began with the same letter. The murders were perpetrated over the course of two decades – the first of the four occurring in 1977 and the most recent of the four in 1994. See the full text of the article below (from the Huffington Post).
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — A jury on Tuesday recommended a death sentence for Joseph Naso, a 79-year-old former photographer convicted of the decades-old killings of four Northern California women.
The panel deliberated for about four hours before reaching its decision in the penalty phase of the case. Earlier in the day, the jury heard closing arguments from Naso, who represented himself and asked the jury to spare his life.
He will be formally sentenced at a later date by Marin County Superior Court Judge Andrew Sweet.
Naso was previously convicted of four counts of murder in the deaths of prostitutes with matching initials – Roxene Roggasch, Carmen Colon, Pamela Parsons and Tracy Tafoya. The victims were strangled and dumped in rural areas.
Prosecutors had argued for the death sentence, presenting grisly photos of the lifeless bodies. Prosecutor Dori Ahana let a timer tick down from two minutes to zero – the time it takes an asphyxiated person to die.
Naso told the jury that he “was not the monster that killed these women.”
Even though the jury recommended death, it is unlikely Naso would be executed if the judge agrees with the panel. There are 725 inmates already on California’s Death Row and executions have been on hold since 2006, when a federal judge ordered an overhaul of California’s execution protocol.
It will take at least another year for prison officials to properly adopt the state’s new single-drug execution method and have it cleared by the judge.
The four killings were cold cases until 2009, when probation officers in Reno, Nev., conducted a routine firearms search of Naso’s home. He was on probation at the time for a felony larceny conviction in California.
By Cody Salfen. Cody Salfen is a California licensed private investigator and currently owns an operates Cody S Investigations (www.CodySInvestigations.com) – A California Private Investigation and Private Detective Agency. As a part of our private investigation services, we handle a number of criminal defense investigation cases in and around Marin County, California, including criminal investigations in San Rafael, CA. Visit the official Cody S Investigations website at www.CodySInvestigations.com or www.CodyPI.com. Speak with a member of the Cody S Investigations private investigation staff by calling the Cody S Investigations San Francisco and Marin County private detective staff at 415.932.9278 or 408.313.0109. Cody S Investigations provides a wide array of private investigation services in San Francisco, the surrounding areas, and investigative services throughout the State of California. Cody Salfen is a member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators, the Professional Investigators Association of California, the California Defense Investigators Association, the National Council of Investigation and Security Services, and the World Association of Detectives. In addition, Cody founded and operates Cody S & Associates, Inc. (www.CSI-Legal-Services.com) a security training, firearms training, security consulting, and CA Dept. of Justice and FBI approved Live Scan Fingerprinting Services.
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