SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty against the Golden State Killer suspect Joseph DeAngelo.

The accused Golden State Killer/East Area Rapist was back in Sacramento County court early Wednesday afternoon for a settlement conference. Six district attorneys agreed to consolidate the case to Sacramento.

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DeAngelo appeared in court for the brief hearing where the DAs announced they would seek the death penalty in the event he is convicted.

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Prosecutors believe 73-year-old DeAngelo killed 13 people and raped dozens in six California counties in the 1970s and 80s.

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DeAngelo was taken into custody nearly one year ago.

Last time he was in court, the judge noted that the case against DeAngelo is so extensive that it could last a decade and cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

The death penalty remains in limbo in California, however, with Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed an executive order placing a moratorium on executions, calling the punishment “a failure.”

Voters narrowly approved a ballot measure in 2016 to try and speed up the punishment. While there are 737 inmates currently on California death row, the state hasn’t executed anyone since 2006.

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After Gov. Newsom’s order, the lethal injection chair was removed from San Quentin State Prison and the death chamber was closed.