A former television cameraman who is already serving a 56-year prison sentence for robbery and sexual assault was ordered Tuesday to stand trial in the 1984 strangulation of a Pacific Beach woman.
Dean Phillip Carter, 32, of Anchorage, Alaska, could face the death penalty if he is convicted of killing Janette Cullins, 25, who was found dead in her closet in April, 1984.
San Diego Municipal Judge Patricia Cowett also bound Carter over on three special-circumstances allegations, which include that the murder was committed during a robbery, a burglary, and while lying in wait.
Additionally, Carter was also ordered to stand trial for rape, forcible oral copulation, robbery and burglary in a separate incident involving another San Diego woman in 1984.
An arraignment and trial setting date was set for Oct. 20.
Carter is also awaiting trial in Los Angeles on three other murder charges.