Green River Killer Gary Ridgway…

Green River Killer Gary Ridgway pleaded guilty Friday Feb. 18, 2011 in Washington state to the murder of a 49th victim, Becky Marrero.

On Dec. 21, a human skull was found by teenagers in a wooded area, reports CBS affiliate KIRO.  Investigators also found bones while combing the area.  The remains were later identified as those of Marrero.

Ridgway already is serving 48 life terms at the Washington State Penitentiary at Walla Walla.  He entered his plea Friday at his arraignment on a murder charge at the King County Regional Justice Center in the Seattle suburb of Kent.  He was charged Feb. 7.

The Sheriff’s Office said Ridgway was questioned extensively in 2003 about Marrero’s disappearance.  An official said though Ridgway had confessed to killing Marerro in 2003, her remains had not been found and Ridgway was unable to provide sufficient details to charge him with her murder.

In a plea agreement made by late King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng in 2003, Ridgway agreed to plead guilty to any future cases in which his confession could be corroborated with reliable evidence uncovered by investigators.  In return, Ridgway was spared the death penalty.

Ridgway is featured in the Zone Comic Classic… Black Dahlia, Mia Special which is one of the comics available here at Psycho Killers USA.

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