Accused Serial Killer Convicted of Killing 4 Women in Orange County

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Accused as a serial killer and facing the possibility of the death penalty, Steven Dean Gordon fired his public defender and insisted on representing himself.

Steven Dean Gordon, seen representing himself in court on Dec. 15, 2016, was convicted of killing four women in Santa Ana and Anaheim. (Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Steven Dean Gordon, seen representing himself in court on Dec. 15, 2016, was convicted of killing four women in Santa Ana and Anaheim. (Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

He made little effort to defend himself at trial in Orange County Superior Court, however. Instead, he raged against his codefendant and railed against the parole and probation departments once charged with monitoring him as a sex offender, scolding agents for not watching him more closely.

It took jurors about an hour Thursday to find him guilty of murdering four women who were working the prostitution corridors of Anaheim and Santa Ana in late 2013 and early 2014.

Jurors will gather again next week for the penalty phase of the trial, to decide whether Gordon, 47, should be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison.

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