Possible serial killer charged with three murders in California

Possible serial killer charged with three murders in California

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A man suspected of shooting dead at least six people in Northern California and arrested over the weekend as he was about to kill again, police say, is currently being prosecuted for three murders, authorities said Tuesday. 

“The charges will change over time. It's just going to take a little longer,” San Joaquin District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar told reporters, justifying her choice not to prosecute the 43-year-old man, suspected of being a serial killer. , for all murders.

“We are only four days away” since the arrest, she added. “We are waiting for further evidence to be analyzed, which will most likely allow us […] to add charges.”

The suspect, Wesley Brownlee, was arrested on Saturday in Stockton , a town in northern California located 130 kilometers from San Francisco, while he was “on the hunt” for a new victim, according to the police.

Investigators suspect him of killing five men in the same Stockton neighborhood between July and September. They further believe him responsible for another murder committed in April 2021, in Oakland, near San Francisco, and an attempted murder of a woman in that city. 

Several victims were of the homeless, and the murders, committed late at night or at dawn, are all linked by ballistic elements, according to the police.

The investigation, in which the FBI participates, is now trying to identify other homicide cases in California that may bear the suspect's mark. of indictment, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. His motive remains unknown at this time. 

The 40-year-old is a truck driver, who moved to Stockton this summer, according to Miss Salazar. He had previously had two narcotics convictions in the Oakland area, she added.