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Suspect in '78 Slayings of Teens Is Extradited From Wisconsin

Convicted killer arrives in San Bernardino County to face charges in siblings' deaths.

September 19, 2003|Seema Mehta | Times Staff Writer

William Floyd Zamastil, a convicted murderer accused of killing two teenage siblings in the high desert near Barstow 25 years ago, was extradited Thursday from Wisconsin to San Bernardino County.

Accompanied by a sheriff's sergeant and three detectives, Zamastil arrived at 1 p.m. at San Bernardino International Airport. He had been serving a life sentence at Waupun State Prison in Wisconsin for the rape and murder of a young woman.

Zamastil, 51, has been charged in the 1978 bludgeoning deaths of Jacqueline and Malcolm Bradshaw of Canoga Park.

The siblings disappeared in the Mojave Desert while hitchhiking home from Las Vegas. A month later, a sheepherder found their partially clothed, decomposing bodies about 13 miles south of Barstow.

Autopsies revealed that both had suffered multiple blunt-force injuries.

The flight on a San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department plane from Wisconsin was uneventful, said sheriff's spokeswoman Robin Haynal.

Zamastil was taken directly to the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, where he will be housed in the high-security cell block.

Zamastil, who waived his opposition of the extradition last Friday, is scheduled to be arraigned today.

He has been charged with two counts of murder and robbery, as well as three special circumstances that could lead to the death penalty.

Police are investigating whether Zamastil was involved in five other slayings in California and Arizona in the late 1970s.

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