‘NO HARD FEELINGS’: Serial killer understands being sentenced to death for sex slayings
Serial killer Andrew Urdiales was sentenced to death by a California jury. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A former U.S. Marine turned cross-country serial killer has been sentenced to death for a slew of sex slayings.
Andrew Urdiales, 54, was convicted of embarking on a murder spree spanning two states and three decades.
Already serving life in prison for a trio of murders in the Chicago area, he was convicted May 23 for five murders in southern California.
According to NBC News, the jury deliberated for about a day before returning to court recommending death sentences for each of the five Golden State killings.
“I understand how they voted,” Urdiales told the court. “If I were a juror on my case, I would probably have done the same thing. There’s no hard feelings.”
Urdiales also addressed his victims’ families.
“I’m a little shaken actually, a little nervous,” he said.
Andrew Urdiales does the perp walk in Chicago in the 1990s. He has been sentenced to death for a California killing spree. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
He also offered “sincere apologies” to the jury, judge, prosecutors, victims’ families, and his own family for having to hear the “gory” details.
Three loved ones of Urdiales’ victims spoke in court.
Andrew Urdiales murdered Tammie Erwin, 20, in 1989 in Palm Springs.”I know that I miss her every day of my life,” Charles Erwin said of daughter Tammie Erwin, who was murdered in Palm Springs in April 1989. He said the murderer “not only killed my daughter, but he killed me inside.”
He added: “This has ruined my life. It has turned my physical being into pieces, my mental being into pieces.”
Urdiales preyed on women in Orange, San Diego and Riverside counties between 1986 and 1995.
A routine police stop ended his rampage and he was eventually convicted of an Illinois triple-murder. Detectives in California soon latched onto Urdiales.
He was convicted of killing:
— Robbin Brandley, 23, who was attacked as she walked to her car following a Jan. 18, 1986 concert.
— Julie McGhee, 29, on July 17, 1988.
— Maryann Wells, 31, on Sept. 25, 1988.
— Tammie Erwin, 20, on April 16, 1989.
— Denise Maney,24, on March 11, 1995.
— In Illinois, he was convicted of killing prostitutes Laura Uylaki, Cassandra Corum and Lynn Huber in the mid-1990s.
Urdiales had also been sentenced to get the needle for the Illinois murders, but the death penalty was abolished in the Midwest state and he instead was given life without parole.