Penalty verdict reached for murders

October 20, 2008 1:31:40 PM PDT
An Oakland jury has reached a verdict in the penalty phase of a serial murder case that dates back more than 20 years.

54-year-old Anthony McKnight was finally convicted in early September of the murders of five women over a four-month period back in 1985.

The victims were stabbed and their bodies left in remote areas of Alameda County. Authorities used new DNA techniques to connect him to this case. McKnight is already serving a 63-year sentence for attempted murder and other charges for attacks on six prostitutes while he was serving at the Alameda Naval Air Station.

The jury has to decide between life in prison without parole or the death penalty. We'll bring you the verdict as soon as we receive it.