Trailside Killer

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Authorities say DNA ties a California death
row inmate convicted in the killings of seven hikers to the
unsolved 1979 slaying of a jogger in a San Francisco park.
Cold-case Inspector Joe Toomey said Tuesday that DNA evidence in
the stabbing of 23-year-old Mary Bennett matched a sample belonging
to David Joseph Carpenter.
Prosecutors haven't decided whether to file new charges against
the 79-year-old San Quentin State Prison inmate.
Carpenter became known as the "trailside killer" after the
murders of seven hikers in the San Francisco Bay area in the early
1980s. He was sentenced to death for the killings twice in separate
A message left with San Quentin Prison seeking the name of
Carpenter's current attorney wasn't immediately returned late

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