Ex-Marine Indicted in Slayings of 5 Women

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    Andrew Urdiales, 45, will be extradited to California to face murder charges.

    A convicted triple murderer has been indicted in the slayings of five Southern California women in the 1980s and '90s.
    Andrew Urdiales, who's currently on death row in Illinois, was indicted Monday by an Orange County grand jury.

          The former Marine is accused of killing one woman in Orange County, two in Riverside County and one in San Diego County while he was stationed at Camp Pendleton and Twentynine Palms between 1984 and 1991.
    Orange County prosecutors said he killed the fifth woman while on vacation in Palm Springs in 1995.
    Prosecutors said Urdiales will be transported to California to face the charges after the evidentiary portion of his death penalty appeal concludes in Illinois.

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    Prosecutors in Southern California believe the former Marine corporal shot and killed 31-year-old Maryann Wells in downtown San Diego in 1988. Wells, a prostitute, was found murdered on Second Avenue.

    Investigators said Urdiales also murdered three prostitutes in Riverside County between 1989 and 1995.

    Robbin Brandley is the only victim who wasn't a prostitute. She was a 23-year-old student at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo who was stabbed to death in January 1986. She was supposed to attend UCSD later that year, her father said.

    Andrew Urdiales, 45, will be extradited to California to face murder charges.

    "Robbin was a very outgoing, gregarious girl who was interested in getting her degree in communications," Jack Reilley said.

    Reilley is angry it took so long to bring Urdiales back to Southern California to face murder charges.

    In 1997, when Urdiales allegedly confessed to the killings, he was already being prosecuted for murdering three prostitutes in Chicago. He was convicted for those murders and now, more than 20 years after the murder spree began, he was extradited to California to face murder charges here.

    But Reilley, who's waited a long time for justice, isn't holding out too much hope. 

    "When he's here and I seen him in court, I will believe it," he said.