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Serial Killer Leads Officials to Hundreds of Human Bone Fragments: Sam Stanton of The Sacramento Bee reports authorities discovered 300 human bone fragments on the fourth consecutive day of searching for possible victims of two California serial killers. The search for victims of Loren Herzog and Wesley Shermantine, the so-called "Speed Freak Killers" believed to have killed over a dozen people in the 1980s and 1990s, is expected to continue today. On Thursday, a skull was found in Calaveras County that was identified as that of Cyndi Vanderheiden, who disappeared in 1998. Another skull was found at a different burial site in Calaveras County Friday that is believed to be that of Chevelle "Chevy" Wheeler, a 16-year-old who disappeared in 1985. Shermantine has supposedly indicated that there may be up to a dozen victims at the site. He recently provided a map to Stockton Record reporter Scott Smith that authorities have been using to locate burial sites. Herzog killed himself last month, and Shermantine, who is on death row, now says that all the killings were all done by Herzog.

New Statute on Maryland's Death Penalty Tested: Andrea F. Siegel of The Baltimore Sun reports the sentencing of Lee Edward Stephens this week will be the first time under Maryland's new death penalty law that prosecutors must establish whether the DNA evidence "links the defendant to the act of murder." Stephens was convicted last week of first-degree murder for fatally stabbing a correctional officer. Stephens was in prison, serving a sentence of life plus 15 years for murdering a man outside of a nightclub in 1997, when he and another inmate ambushed the correctional officer. In 2009, Maryland limited the death penalty to first-degree murder cases in which there is biological or DNA evidence, a video recording of the crime, or a videotaped confession. Stephens must decide whether he wants to be sentenced by the jury that convicted him or the presiding judge, who will have to decide if the evidence that the victim's blood was on the defendant's clothes is conclusive enough to consider the death penalty.

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