Death penalty sought for ex-Marine charged in 'serial thrill-kill spree'
U.S. Marine Corps veteran Itcoatl Ocampo is charged in four homeless men's deaths.
May 21st, 2012
03:07 PM ET

Death penalty sought for ex-Marine charged in 'serial thrill-kill spree'

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a 24-year-old former Marine charged with a "serial thrill-kill spree" that killed four homeless men and a mother and her son, the Orange County, California, district attorney said Monday.

Itzcoatl Ocampo is scheduled to be tried in September on six counts of murder with special circumstances for the stabbings.

Ocampo served in the Marines from July 2006 until July 2010 and was deployed to Iraq for six months in 2008, according to Marine service records. He completed his service, with the rank of corporal, with the 1st Marine Logistics Group at Camp Pendleton, south of Orange County.

The first killings happened on October 25, 2011, when Raquel Estrada, 53, and her 34-year-old son Juan Herrera were left dead on the floor of their Yorba Linda home, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said. Estrada was stabbed more than 30 times and Herrera was stabbed more than 60 times.

DNA evidence links Ocampo to the crime scene, which is a mile from his home, Rackauckas said. The defendant was a childhood friend with a man who was the son and brother of the victms, he said.

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  1. Michael Thomas

    death penalty

    May 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    Why does the headline read ex-marine? And what has that to do with the story?

    May 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      It caught your attention, right?
      That was the point, unless he intends to use his service as a defense.
      Wouldn't surprise me at all.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      I agree with the implied answers to Portland tony's questions.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Well as the commenters say: Marines are trained to kill. But not stab homeless folks 60 times because they are a blight on the neighborhood. And he was in a Logistics group (supply guy), not a behind the lines covert killer. He is a nut case period!

      May 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |

    Shut him off already

    May 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |

    Arm him to the t, and drop him in mexico, have fun, and dont forget to write!

    May 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe Rinaldi

    Marines are taught to kill. The headline is relevent.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ Joe Rinaldi:
      Let's see now...
      Marines are taught to kill.
      Ocampo was a Marine.
      Therefore, being a Marine made Ocampo a mass murderer.
      That doesn't seem logical to me, but this would:
      All ex-Marines are mass murderers.
      Ocampo is an ex-Marine.
      Therefore, Ocampo is a mass murderer.
      Now that's logical.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      Another syllogism might begin this way:
      All mass murderers served in the armed forces.

      May 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      Good point JIF and glad to be back on here!

      May 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ForGoodOfAll

    Has the former marine even been examined for mental illness issues and/or post traumatic stress disorder?

    May 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ForGoodOfAll

    This article lacks necessary in-depth research. There are so few substantial facts about this accused man. Is CNN rushing the news report before the in-depth research is finished? Seems that way lately...

    May 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ s kel, heroic fighter of fire:
    I haven't seen you here, and I've been absent a good bit myself.
    Where have you been–searching the world for the greatest cheesecake?

    May 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jimmy Hendrixs' Ghost

    @ Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™, Then how many people do you have to kill to be considered a "mass murderer"?
    The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding. The basic of logic is the syllogism could go like this as well.

    Sixty men can do a piece of work sixty times as quickly as one man.
    One man can dig a posthole in sixty seconds;therefore–
    Sixty men can dig a posthole in one second. This may be called the syllogism arithmetical, in which, by combining logic and mathematics, we obtain a double certainty and are twice blessed.

    May 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ Jimmy Hendrix's Ghost:
      It takes two to tango.

      May 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ Jimmy Hendrix's Ghost:
      BTW, I knew how to correct your possessive formation, but I had to google the spelling.
      Your name is Jimi Hendrix's Ghost.

      May 21, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jimmy Hendrix's Ghost

    😉 Thanks dude
    I'm wasted for the night though...
    Nite 😉 lol
    Btw, Take me for a ride sometime?

    May 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I'd take you for a ride, but Norma Desmond says no.
    I googled the murder numbers too, since I haven't committed enough murders to be sure.
    Two will getcha "serial killer" by some people, but it seems that you have to rack up four for a mass murderer accolade.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jimmy Hendrix's Ghost

    LAMO !!!!!!!!!!! 😉 You and Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity" have made a hard night bareable ...
    Breezing down the road in your ride with our *fros* whimping in the wind ... Rock on !!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I'm wasted from work too. I'm going to try to hypnotise myself into a night's sleep.
    Buona notte a tutti.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jimmy Hendrix's Ghost

    Peace ! My brotha

    May 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |