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Habitual Felon to be Charged with Multiple Murders: A California man with a lengthy criminal past has been arrested and is expected to be charged later today with several counts of murder.  The Associated Press reports that 34-year-old Alexander Hernandez is believed to be responsible for killing four people and wounding several others over five days across Los Angeles County.  Hernandez has already been charged with one count of capital murder, two counts of attempted murder, three counts of animal cruelty, and is expected to be charged with three more counts of first-degree murder.  If found guilty, Hernandez faces a possible death sentence.  

Convicted Murderer Kills Again: Authorities in Missouri say that an inmate has died from injuries he sustained at the hands of his cellmate, a convicted murderer.  The Associated Press reports that 35-year-old Mark Melton was assaulted in his cell earlier this month and eventually died from his injuries last weekend.  Authorities believe his cellmate, who is serving a sentence for second-degree murder was responsible for his death and have classified the incident as a homicide.

Oregon Killer Awaits Parole Decision: An Oregon man convicted of raping and murdering his 16-year-old classmate more than two decades ago is awaiting a decision from the state's parole board on whether or not he will be released from custody.  KOIN 6 News reports that Conrad Engweiler was 15 at the time of the killing, and is one of five Oregon men who committed aggravated murder as juveniles before mandatory sentencing guidelines had been established.  Engweiler was sentenced in 1991 to life with a minimum of 30 years.  The parole board is expected to make a decision on his release within weeks.

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