These Iraqi vets went through so much, we’re not surprised at least one came back a little off.
Santa Ana, California (CNN) — Itzcoatl Ocampo, a 23-year-old Iraq War veteran accused of stabbing four homeless men to death in California, was charged Tuesday with four counts of first-degree murder, said Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.
The four murder charges carry the special circumstances of multiple murders, lying in wait, and use of a deadly weapon, the prosecutor said.
“I’m not prepared to discuss a possible motive,” Rackauckas said. “We know he had selected others” to kill, he added.
“The fact that the violence was escalating and it was becoming more brazen suggested to me he wasn’t done. He appeared to me he liked the press coverage,” the prosecutor told reporters.
“This 23-year-old was a vicious killer. He had on his mind to kill people, and he followed through on that, and he was a monster, and he was a terrible threat, particularly to the homeless people in our county,” Rackauckas said.
“We have no indication whatsoever that he was mentally ill,” the prosecutor added.
The first victim was stabbed more than 40 times, Rackauckas said, and “in each of these cases, the violence, the number of stabbing wounds of each victim, increased.”
The murder weapon was a 7-inch, heavy-gauge Ka-Bar knife, “which went through bone without chipping or breaking the blade,” the prosecutor said.
Damn, let’s hope he gets brought to justice and he gets his mind right in the process.