Steven Dean Gordon, a registered sex offender from Anaheim CA, was found guilty of killing Kianna Jackson, 20, Josephine Monique Vargas, 34, Martha Anaya, 28 and Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21.
Deputy District Attorney Larry Yellin stated that Gordon and Franc Cano, another registered sexual predator who allegedly took part in the murders, sexually assaulted the women, killed them, and abandoned their bodies in dumpsters.
Gordon and Cano share a criminal history prior to this case. In 2010 and again in 2012, both men were arrested for cutting off their court-ordered GPS monitoring devices and traveling to Alabama and Las Vegas together.
Previously, both pedophiles were arrested in separate cases for lewd sex crimes involving children under 14 years of age, landing them on the sex offender registry. Gordon was first arrested in 1992 for the heinous crime and again 10 years later for a kidnapping conviction, while Cano’s arrest stretches back 8 years to 2008.
Out of the four total murder victims, only one body has been found: Estepp’s. Workers at an Anaheim waste depot noticed a pair of feet sticking out of a dumpster. After the body was identified and examined by forensics, it was determined that sexual abuse was involved.
ABC News reports:
Detective Julisa Trapp checked a database of sex offenders wearing tracking devices and discovered Cano had been in the locations of all four women when they went missing.
It was later confirmed that on the night of Estepp’s murder, a thrilling text message was sent by Gordon to Cano.
LINKING ALL 4 CASES
Further investigation led to two prime suspects for ALL of the victims – Gordon and Cano.
Using GPS tracking data, detectives confirmed that Jackson, Vargas, and Anaya were all in Santa Ana on the last day they were heard from, in the same area and at the same time as both Gordon and Cano.
Surprisingly, Gordon stated during his trial that the women “would still be alive” if his parole and probation officers had done a better j0b of monitoring him and assuring he’d stay away from Cano.
Despite his murder confession prior to the trial not holding up in court, Gordon was found guilty of all charges, including murder during a kidnapping. It took jurors only 60 minutes of deliberation to come to this conclusion. They have decided he should be executed for his crimes. Gordon did not argue; he actually agreed with the Orange County jury that both he and Cano “deserve to die.”
Cano, on the other hand, pleaded not guilty and was scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 29th.