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Suspects 'Wore GPS Trackers As They Killed'
Two convicted sex offenders out on parole have raped and killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, police said.
Franc Cano was wearing an ankle monitor and Steven Dean Gordon was carrying a GPS device when they allegedly assaulted and killed their victims in California.
Officials did not explain how the pair were able to carry out the crimes while under supervision by law enforcement authorities.
But they did say it was data from their GPS trackers - along with cell phone records from the victims and other evidence - that led investigators to link them to the killings.
"They put a stop to a serial killing that would likely have continued beyond this point," District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said at the news conference.
Cano, 27, and Gordon, 45, have each been charged with four felony counts of special circumstances murder and four felony counts of rape.
If convicted, they could face a minimum sentence of life without parole or the death penalty. They are being held without bail.
Cano and Gordon each served time after being convicted in separate cases of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14.
While out on parole, they chose their victims from the prostitution hangouts of Orange County.
The men, who were required to check in with Anaheim police every 30 days, made their appearance to provide updated photos, fingerprints and addresses earlier this month.
They are accused of killing three women in Santa Ana last October and November and another woman in Anaheim earlier this year. All had histories of prostitution.
The murders were discovered after the naked body of Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, was found on a conveyor belt at an Anaheim refuse-sorting plant in March.
The similarities between her case and three other missing persons cases led them to conclude that there links to the disappearances of Kianna Jackson, Josephine Monique Vargas and Martha Anaya.
Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada said authorities believed there was at least a fifth victim and perhaps more.