Serial Killer Pleads for Life at Trial; Jury Decides Death

An Orange County jury has reached a decision on whether convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala should be sentenced to death.

The jury is expected to read its recommendation Tuesday afternoon, only hours after the 66-year-old urged the panel to spare his life.

Alcala was convicted last month of murdering 12-year-old Robin Samsoe and four women in the late 1970s. The penalty phase of the trial began last week.

Alcala gave his own closing arguments Tuesday. He told jurors that if they recommend death instead of life in prison without parole, his case would be on appeal for another 15 to 20 years. He also played jurors a song from the Arlo Guthrie album "Alice's Restaurant."

Earlier, a prosecutor called Alcala an "evil monster" who knows he's done wrong and doesn't care.