Suspected serial killer John Floyd Thomas gets charged

The District Attorney’s office Wednesday filed five more charges against suspected serial killer John Floyd Thomas, 72.
The filing makes Thomas eligible for the death penalty.
Here’s a link to the news story. The DA’s press Release is on the jump

LOS ANGELES – A 73-year-old man suspected of a series of rapes decades ago was charged today with five additional counts of raping and murdering women in the 1970′s and ’80′s.

Deputy District Attorney’s Darci Lanphere and Rachel Greene with the Sex Crimes Division filed the amended complaint charging John Floyd Thomas Jr. with five counts of capital murder, making it a potential death penalty case. The amended complaint includes the special circumstances of murder during commission of a rape, murder during commission of a burglary and multiple murders.

The five new counts involve victims ranging in age from 56 to 80 years old. Three lived in Inglewood. One victim lived in Claremont and one in the Lennox area. The new charges span more than a decade, from the fall of 1975 to the spring of 1986.

Thomas was originally charged on April 2 with two counts of murder after a match from DNA samples collected by LAPD officers from convicted sex offenders identified him as a suspect. The first victim’s body was discovered on Nov. 26, 1972. She was 68 years old.

Thomas, who was convicted of sexual assault in 1978, is scheduled to be arraigned today at the Criminal Courts Building, 210 W. Temple St., Department 30. He was charged in the amended complaint, BA 354795.

The capital charges make him eligible for the death penalty. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty. Thomas is being held without bail.

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