After a delay of more than a week, the Randy Steven Kraft murder trial resumed in Santa Ana on Monday with evidence on two victims whose bodies were found near La Paz Road in south Orange County within a month of each other in 1978.
One was Keith Klingbeil, a 23-year-old from Everett, Wash., last seen hitchhiking toward his mother's home in Chula Vista. His body was found July 6, 1978. The other was Richard Allen Keith, a 20-year-old Camp Pendleton Marine, last seen in Carson at a girlfriend's house. He was found dead June 19, 1978.
Most of Monday was taken up with testimony from Dr. Robert Richards, who performed the autopsy on Keith. Both young men had been strangled.
Kraft, now 43, is charged with 16 Orange County murders, but prosecutors have accused him of a total of 45 murders in three states. Many of the other murders are likely to be introduced into the trial if Kraft is convicted and his case reaches a penalty phase.