California

Family of slain California woman sues probation officials

The family of a California woman who was raped, killed and left in a trash bin has sued the U.S. probation agency — accusing agents of providing lax oversight of two convicted sex offenders who authorities suspect of carrying out that murder and others.

The Orange County Register reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/2iLUClw ) that attorneys for Jarrae Estepp's mother filed the federal wrongful-death lawsuit in Santa Ana.

The lawsuit comes just two weeks after a jury recommended the death sentence for Steven Gordon, who along with Franc Cano was charged with the murders of Estepp and three other women.

Authorities say Gordon was wearing a GPS tracking device for prior offenses during three of the slayings.

The suit targets federal probation and unnamed agents.

Probation officials did not return calls seeking comment.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com