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Three women were slain, one escaped in 1990s.

MADERA -- The first body was discovered in a pistachio orchard a couple of miles north of Madera. The 30-year-old mother had been sexually assaulted and strangled.

Two months later, a bicyclist found the body of a 15-year-old girl lying in a canal on the city's outskirts. She had been beaten and stabbed several times.

Hunters found the third victim. The 22-year-old woman was lying on the ground in a field just west of town, her bloodied face in the dirt and her arms covering her head.

Three killings in four months. Madera County had a serial killer.

Now, more than a decade after the 1998 slayings, Jose Guerrero is standing trial for two of the three homicides. Opening statements in the case begin today in Madera County Superior Court.

Guerrero also is charged with the killing and sexual assault of a third woman in 1995 and the attempted murder of another victim later that year. Authorities say he is Madera County's first suspected serial killer in decades -- if ever.

"We're a cow county," said John Anderson, who was sworn in as sheriff right after the 1998 murders and still holds the post. "This is the kind of thing you read about happening in Oakland or San Francisco, or even Fresno, but not in Madera."

If Guerrero is convicted, a jury will decide whether he deserves the death penalty. It's the first time prosecutors here have tried a death penalty case in a decade.

Guerrero has pleaded not guilty. His attorneys declined to talk about the case. But in a taped confession played in court during pretrial motions Monday, Guerrero admitted killing three women and attempting to kill a fourth.

In one taped interview, Guerrero seemed to think he would receive the death penalty. He said he thought he was going to "Quentin," and added, "I want to get this over with."

San Quentin State Prison is where California inmates await the death penalty.

Guerrero's trial is expected to take up to six weeks. If convicted, most of that time will be spent on the penalty phase, in which jurors will determine Guerrero's fate.

But some of the victims' family members say a conviction won't end their grief.

"When you kill somebody, you bring tragedy to their family for the rest of their lives," said Jerry Prudek, the father of one of the victims, Julia Woodley.

Unsolved murders

Detectives who investigated the murders remember them well. As the killings continued in 1998, they said, residents grew increasingly nervous.

People posted signs on utility poles warning of a serial killer. Calls poured in to the police and sheriff's departments: Check out the suspicious man in the minimart. Has there been another murder? Why hasn't anyone been arrested?

"People were scared," said Sgt. Robert Salas, a Madera police detective who investigated the murders. "They kept calling and saying, 'What are you doing? We've got a serial killer. Nobody's safe.'"

The investigators followed the obvious leads first: They talked to relatives of the victims and found out who had grudges against them. But after many interviews, nothing stuck.

All three of the victims were involved in drugs and prostitution, so the investigators talked to every drug dealer they knew. But nothing came of those interviews either.

"We had no leads," said Terry Ginder, who was the only sheriff's detective assigned to investigate violent crimes in Madera County at the time. "I felt terrible because I just couldn't get anywhere with it."

No one talked to Guerrero, who investigators knew only as a low-level criminal without any history of violence.

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Im not sure if theres a hell, but I believe in executed murderers.

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Madera, CA (KFSN) -- A Madera jury started deliberating a case that could send a suspected serial killer to death row.
Guerrero's defense team is just trying to save him from the death penalty. They admitted he killed the woman. But the defense said the killings were not planned and happened in a fit of rage.
Prosecutor Edmund Gill said, "Evidence that points to this man ... "
The prosecutor pointed to Jose Guerrero ... saying the man hunted and stalked his victims like prey. Guerrero is accused of killing 42-year-old Julia Woodley ... 30-year-old Sharlene Fowler ... And 22-year-old Tamara Hernandez. The murders happened between 1995 and 1998 in Madera. During closing arguments ... The prosecutor said Hernandez died an especially gruesome death.

 "Think about how she fought for her life. Obviously, Clawing, scraping ... Using her finger nails," said Gill.
Under her fingernails ... Investigators said they found Guerrero's DNA. They also said ... The man confessed to the murders.
Defense Attorney Eric Greene said, "Each one of these crimes deserves your independent decision and your independent review of the evidence."
Defense attorney Eric Greene admitted his client killed the women. But Greene said some of the victims were prostitutes ... Who had consensual sex with Guerrero.
"Is this a premeditated murder? There's no evidence of premeditation ... Because there's an explosion. It's a rage killing. Something happened to really set the defendant off," said Greene.
If the prosecution succeeds in proving the murders were premeditated ... Then Guerrero could face the death penalty. But the defense is hoping for a conviction of second degree murder to spare Guerrero from the death penalty.
The jury returns Tuesday morning to continue deliberating.

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Im sorry, but the points the defense brought up are just BS. If soemone has erruptions of violence over years hes a continious threat to the society. This should make him more eligable for the DP, than spare him, like his lawyers want.

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Re: Jose Guerrero Suspected Cali Serial Killer Found Guilty, May Face DP
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2009, 07:35:47 PM »
A Madera County jury Monday morning found Jose Guerrero guilty of first-degree murder for the 1990's killings of three women and the attempted murder of a fourth.

Multimedia Watch The Video Guerrero also was found guilty of two counts of forcible oral copulation and one count of forcible sodomy.

The jury began deliberating on Monday.

The evidence against Guerrero included a taped confession, in which he admitted killing Tamera Hernandez, 22, Julia Woodley, 41, and Sharlene Fowler, 30. He also told investigators he tried to kill Evelyn Estrada.

The crimes took place in 1995 and 1998.

Estrada testified against Guerrero on the first day of his trial.

Evidence against Guerrero also included a DNA sample that matched those collected at two of the crime scenes.

Guerrero is eligible for the death penalty. The penalty phase of the trial is scheduled to start next Monday.

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A Madera County jury this morning voted unanimously to give a death penalty sentence to serial murderer Jose Guerrero, who was convicted last week of killing three women and attacking a fourth.

The jury deliberated only a short time today before voting unanimously to send Guerrero, 37, to death row. The sentencing phase began Monday with testimony from relatives and continued Tuesday with testimony from a clinical psychologist.

Prosecutors say Guerrero killed Tamara Hernandez, 22, in November 1998. He also murdered Julia Woodley, a 41-year-old mother who was shot in the heart in April 1995, and Sharlene Fowler, a 30-year-old woman who was strangled in July 1998. Guerrero tried to kill Estrada, now 55, in November 1995.

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I'll be the one holding his breath for this POS's speedy execution.  IF they ever get their stuff together in Cali, I'll bet his executioner has not even been born yet!

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I know you got that right ! but Cali keeps sentenceing them DR but are not doing anything about the ones they have already. So what is the point ? I totally agree this pos needs to be there .
Justice is not about bringing back the dead. It is not about revenge either. Justice is about enforcing consequences for one's own actions to endorse personal responsibility. We cannot expect anyone to take responsibility for their own actions if these consequences are not enforced in full.

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please be patient Vikki, its just a question of days, weeks, months, years if Cali is able to define a completly new execution protocll (instead of adopiting a working one). ;-)

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OH Michael, Michael... :-*.  You have such high hopes for California!  For Cali to agree on anything, they will have to consult the stars (astrological and Hollywood), debate, argue, contimplate, look into their inner-conciences (individually and collectively) and have a statewide high-colonic (enema) before they can change ANYTHING!!  Thank God they don't have to vote on extinguishing the wildfires that plague the state or the entire state would be ASHES.  ???

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 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D Harold just brilliant !  ;D ;D
Justice is not about bringing back the dead. It is not about revenge either. Justice is about enforcing consequences for one's own actions to endorse personal responsibility. We cannot expect anyone to take responsibility for their own actions if these consequences are not enforced in full.

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OH Michael, Michael... :-*.  You have such high hopes for California!  For Cali to agree on anything, they will have to consult the stars (astrological and Hollywood), debate, argue, contimplate, look into their inner-conciences (individually and collectively) and have a statewide high-colonic (enema) before they can change ANYTHING!!  Thank God they don't have to vote on extinguishing the wildfires that plague the state or the entire state would be ASHES.  ???


OMG!  That is funny! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
" Closure? Closure is a misused word in the English language.  There is no such thing as closure for the family of a murder victim.  There will never be any closure for the death of our loved ones until we are dead ourselves.  The families have a lifetime sentence of anguish and sadness." 
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Please consider by all your applause for Harold that my assist wasnt to bad...  ;D

Michael
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Michael, thank you for the set-up.  In tennis, that's called a lob.  But the sad truth is, the killing goes on with no JUSTICE! :'(

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A sentence was handed down on Tuesday for convicted serial killer Jose Guerrero.

Guerrero will face the death penalty, a sentence recommended for him by a jury back in April.

A few months back, Guerrero was found guilty by a Madera County Jury of killing three women and attempting to kill a fourth in the mid-1990's.

A Madera County Jury found Guerrero guilty of killing 22-year-old Tamara Hernandez in 1998, shooting and killing 41-year-old Julia Woodley in 1995, and strangling to death 30- year-old Sharlene Fowler in 1998.

The jury also found Guerrero guilty of attempting to kill Evelyn Estrada, the only woman able to survive Guerrero's attacks.

http://www.kmph.com/Global/story.asp?S=10580428