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California gov. signs bill allowing death row inmate to help search for victims' remains
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ¯¯¯ California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to allow a death-row inmate to help authorities search for the remains of his long-dead victims.
The governor announced Tuesday that he had signed the bill to give the state's corrections secretary the authority to let convicted serial killer Wesley Shermantine help investigators search for more bodies.
Shermantine and a friend were known as the "Speed Freak Killers" for their drug-induced killing spree in the 1980s and 1990s. The other man, Loren Herzog, hanged himself earlier this year after learning that Shermantine provided crude maps to lead authorities to the remains of four of their victims.
Lawmakers say there could be dozens of other victims.
The tightly drafted bill makes it clear that Shermantine can be released from death row to help find evidence and victims' remains under heavy guard.