- Associated Press - Monday, June 5, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a man dubbed the “Bedroom Basher,” who was convicted of a series of slayings that occurred in the late 1970s in Southern California.

The court issued its decision Monday. Gerald Parker was sentenced to death following his conviction on murder charges in the slayings of five women in Orange County. He was also convicted of a sixth attack.

The attacks occurred in 1978 and 1979, but remained unsolved until prosecutors say DNA evidence linked them to Parker in 1996.

Prosecutors say Parker - a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marines - broke into the women’s apartments, sexually assaulted and beat them.

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