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Human Trafficking and Sex Offender Initiative Qualifies for CA Ballot: Torey Van Oot of The Sacramento Bee reports a California initiative titled "Human Trafficking. Penalties. Sex Offender Registration." has qualified for the November ballot. The initiative increases penalties for human trafficking violations, and requires sex offenders, which includes those convicted of human trafficking crimes, to report information about their online accounts. The full text of the initiative is here.

DNA Links Serial Killer to 5 More Deaths: Tom Hallman Jr. of The Oregonian reports Randy Woodfield, dubbed the I-5 Killer, has been linked for five more murders - three in the Portland area and two in Shasta County in California. Woodfield preyed on people in towns along a 500-mile stretch of Interstate 5 in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was sentenced to life in prison in Oregon in 1981 for the execution-style murder of one woman and the attempted murder of another. In 2001, Woodfield's DNA was linked to the 1980 murder of a 29-year-old woman. New DNA technology used by the Oregon State Police Crime Lab called Magnetic Bead Extraction linked Woodfield to two more Portland murders in 2009. Woodfield was also linked to the murder of a teenager in Oregon, and the slaying of a mother and her 14-year-old daughter in Shasta County. However, a joint decision was made among multiple district attorney's offices to not prosecute Woodfield. Rod Underhill, a senior deputy at the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, said it made no sense to spend resources prosecuting a man already sentenced to life in prison.

Nail Scrapings Tie Killer to Third Murder: Helen Freund and C.J. Sullivan of the New York Post report James David Martin was arraigned this week in Bronx Criminal Court on murder, rape, and sodomy charges for the strangling of a 14-year-old girl in 1998. Martin is currently serving a prison sentence for strangling his live-in girlfriend and leaving her body in a shopping-center dumpster. Fifteen years before, at age 17, he choked to death a 15-year-old boy at his high school to steal the victim's shoes. DNA collected from the victim's nail scrapings retrieved from evidence storage linked Martin to the crime. "He just turned 40," the victim's foster mom said of Martin. "And he already has killed three people. They need to bring the electric chair back and fry him."

CA Man Already on Death Row Receives Another Death Sentence: Bill Hetherman of City News Service reports Raymond Oscar Butler, already on death row in California for shooting two students in the back of the head in a grocery store parking lot in 1994, was sentenced to death again by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen for killing a fellow jail inmate while awaiting trial for the double slaying. This was also the second time Butler was sentenced to death for the stabbing death of Tyrone Flemming. His original conviction and death sentenced for Flemming's murder was reversed by the state's highest court, which ruled a judge had erroneously decided Butler could not act as his own attorney. He represented himself during his retrial. Deputy District Attorney David Barkhurst said Butler has had multiple run-ins with fellow inmate and has had a number of weapons recovered from his cell. He has also unleashed containers with human waste at prison guards.

Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/05/anti-human-trafficking-measure-qualifies-for-california-ballot.html#storylink=cpy

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