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California Jury Finds Former Reno Resident Guilty of 4 Killings

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A jury has found a 79-year-old former Reno resident and photographer guilty in the decades-old killings of four California women. 
 
After deliberating for less than eight hours, the Marin County Superior Court jury on Tuesday found Joseph Naso guilty of killing two young prostitutes in the 1970s and two others in the 1990s.  
 
Naso acted as his own attorney in the two-month trial in which prosecutors presented DNA and other compelling evidence against him. Marin County deputy public defender Pedro Oliveros assisted Naso and confirmed he was convicted of four counts of first-degree murder.
 
The four victims all had alliterative initials in their names. The same jury will reconvene Sept. 4 for the penalty phase of the trial. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Investigators found numerous photographs of nude women posed in unnatural positions who appeared dead or unconscious with mannequin parts and women's lingerie strewn about nearby. Investigators said they also found a "List of 10" that Naso had scrawled with descriptions of 10 women, including four references prosecutors believe described the slaying victims in the case against him. 
 
Prosecutors said Naso drugged and photographed his unconscious victims then strangled them and dumped their naked bodies in rural areas. 
 
Naso acted as his own attorney at the trial and told the jury during his closing arguments that he often hired prostitutes to photograph in exotic poses and enjoyed off-beat art. But he insisted he was no killer. 
 
Nonetheless, the balding Naso, who often seemed befuddled and repeated himself several times during his more than day-long closing arguments, struggled to explain away some of the most persuasive evidence presented to the jury. 
 
Jurors were told that Naso's DNA was found on the pantyhose Roggasch was wearing when her body was found. Further, the DNA of Naso's ex-wife was found on pantyhose found wrapped around Roggasch's neck, prosecutors said. 
 
Naso told the jury that the evidence only showed that he had had sex with Roggasch. He said there was no proof that he killed her, and that prosecutors had no way of knowing who put the other pantyhose around her neck.   (AP)

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