Suspected serial killer hires new legal advisor

Joyce Lupiani

Suspected serial killer hires new legal advisor

CREATED Apr. 18, 2012

NOVATO, Calif. (AP) -- The former Nevada man accused of murdering four prostitutes with matching first and last initials in California has hired a prominent San Francisco attorney to serve as his new legal advisor.

The Marin Independent Journal reports that 78-year-old Joseph Naso has replaced San Rafael defense attorney Michael Marowitz with Bill Fazio, a former candidate for San Francisco district attorney.

Fazio has experience with death penalty cases. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Naso, who is charged with murdering Roxene Roggasch, Carmen Colon, Pamela Parsons, and Tracy Tafoya. He's pleaded not guilty.

Fazio said he did not know why Naso made the switch. Marowitz declined to comment.

Naso is representing himself, so Fazio will be able to provide him with guidance but cannot address the jury or question witnesses.