GPS-tracked sex offender to stand trial in serial killings

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Opening statements are expected in the trial of a sex offender accused of raping and killing four women during a murderous spree in Orange County while wearing a GPS tracking device.

Steven Dean Gordon of Anaheim is due in court Wednesday on four counts of murder and four counts of rape.

Gordon is representing himself at trial. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Authorities say 47-year-old Gordon and 30-year-old sex offender Franc Cano were wearing GPS devices for prior offenses when they raped and killed four women in 2013 and 2014.

One of the women’s bodies was found at a recycling plant. Investigators linked her death to the disappearance of three other women also allegedly picked up by the pair.

Authorities say Gordon confessed to the murders.