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A man linked to a pair of decades-old cold cases through a genealogy match in 2019, a first for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, was convicted of murder Thursday.
A jury found Horace Van Vaultz Jr. guilty of two counts of first-degree murder for the 1981 killing of Selena Keough in Montclair and the 1986 slaying of Mary Duggan in Burbank with the special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and that the crimes were committed during a rape and sodomy for each victim, Dist. Atty. George Gascón said in a statement.
“I hope that today’s guilty verdict provides some comfort to the victims’ families who have waited more than three decades to see this result,” Gascón said.
Vaultz showed no reaction as the guilty verdicts were read, KNBC-TV Channel 4 reported.