A judge ruled Thursday that prosecutors in the Golden State Killer case can collect DNA, fingerprints and take photographs of the suspect's entire body.
Attorneys for former California police officer Joseph DeAngelo, 72, had asked the court to halt the search, arguing the warrant it relied on should no longer be valid because it was granted before his arrest.
But Superior Court Judge Michael Sweet sided with the district attorney and said that courts have repeatedly allowed the collection of such evidence because it's not a form of testimony and would not harm DeAngelo's right against self-incrimination.
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Say 'cheese': A judge ruled Thursday that prosecutors in the Golden State Killer case can collect DNA, fingerprints and take photographs of Joseph DeAngelo's naked body
Diane Howard, the public defender for DeAngelo, is surrounded by reporters after a court appearance in Sacramento County Superior Court on Thursday
'There's no basis to stop the execution of the search warrant,' he said.
DeAngelo, appearing in court in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffed to a wheelchair, said nothing. He has not entered a plea.
Caught: DeAngelo was arrested last week and identified by prosecutors as