California

Suspected “Gypsy Hill” Serial Killer's Mental Health Hearing Delayed

A Northern California judge granted the request of two court-appointed doctors for more time to prepare reports on the mental health of a suspected serial killer who terrorized the San Francisco in early 1976.

Rodney Halbower will return to court in Redwood City, California on May 28 when doctors are to report their findings to the court.

Halbower is charged with raping and killing six young women in the first few months of 1976. Halbower was arrested last year after his DNA was linked to evidence collected from one of the murder sites. Halbower hasn't entered a plea because the judge wants to first determine if he's mentally competent to stand trial.

The killings were dubbed the "Gypsy Hill'' murders because of the location of one of the slayings.
 

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