SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The accused “NorCal Rapist” Roy Waller on was convicted by a jury on Wednesday on all counts he was facing.
Waller, 60, was being tried on 46 sex assault charges nearly 30 years after the first attack. He was arrested in 2018 after being linked to the crimes through DNA and genetic genealogy, the same technique investigators used to identify the Golden State Killer.
On Wednesday, a Sacramento County jury started reading their verdicts on the charges. Waller has been found guilty on all counts – which included charges of rape, kidnap and robbery dating back to 1992.
Waller had pleaded not guilty to the charges back in January. Judge Burger-Plavan ruled there was enough evidence presenting in the preliminary hearing to proceed with a trial.
The Norcal Rapist, Roy Charles Waller, found guilty on all 46 counts of rape and kidnap. He is 60 years old, and faces life in prison. @CBSSacramento
— Marissa Perlman (@MPerlmanNews) November 18, 2020
Waller’s accusers say he broke into homes late at night or forced victims to withdraw money from ATMs. They say he then bound them and assaulted them repeatedly.
Some of the victims were in court on Wednesday as the verdicts were read. Waller sat quietly and showed no emotion.
In a statement, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Grippi praised the quick and definitive verdict from the jury.
“Nine victims waited for more than 20 years for this moment and it is only with the use of Investigative Genetic Genealogy (IGG) and the science of DNA that it has come. This is their day,” Grippi wrote.
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The convictions mean Waller is facing a sentence of life in prison. He is set to be sentenced on Dec. 18.