January 17th, 2012
02:49 PM ET

Former Marine in Iraq War charged with murdering four homeless men

Itzcoatl Ocampo, a 23-year-old Iraq War veteran accused of stabbing four homeless men to death in California, was charged Tuesday with four counts of murder, said Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

The four murder charges carry the special circumstances of multiple murders and lying in wait, the prosecutor said.

Rackauckas and representatives from the FBI, the county sheriff's office and the Anaheim police department held a news conference Tuesday to discuss legal issues concerning Ocampo.

"I'm not prepared to discuss a possible motive," Rackauckas said. "We know he had selected others" to kill, he added.

Ocampo was arrested Friday night after he allegedly stabbed a transient to death, Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn said.

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  1. Sunshine

    Hi banasy

    January 17, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bigwilliestyles

    Or...we could lose the desire to dictate terms to others, or...stop being played for fools by the leaders of the military/industrial complex, or...if you're going to allow old fools to continue to send the young and naĂŻve of to do they're bidding, then accept that this type of thing will be the norm.

    January 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. atlantian

    yep! probably peed on them too. what a waste of dollars!

    January 17, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Icey

    Some go to war bad and come back good,,,,, and others go to war good and come back bad these people are heart felt. He needs help one way or another

    January 17, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mell

    Thats just the way military folks roll. Doest suprise me this doesnt happen more often. They are mindless killers. You always hear about them committing acts of violence. They need to be doing acts of kindness instead of killing people.

    January 17, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      mell, with all due respect, what do you *want* the military to do during wartime?
      Kumbya them to death?

      January 17, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kandi

    @ Well, that simply is NOT true, and leeintulsa, many of us DO know! I think the word for it may be *cynical*! You really should reconsider that run for POTUS, you might just be the one to turn the US around lol!

    January 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    @ banasy©:
    Don't you remember? Oh–you're not old enough.
    You don't have to sing to the enemy soldiers. You just walk up to them with a flower and put the stem in the barrel of their gun.
    Works every time.
    You lose the territory you're fighting to gain, but nobody gets killed, unless the other soldier doesn't know how to play the flower game.

    January 18, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bill

    Are we takin' bets this guy comes up with PTSD as a defense. What the hell, every other vet who needs an handy excuse uses it!

    January 18, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. non fake s kel

    Needs help?? Maybe! Death row? Maybe that also.

    January 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Granny

    ?

    January 19, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
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