Joseph Naso, the 79-year-old man convicted last week of murdering and dumping the bodies of four women in the 1970s and '90s, is also the prime suspect in the murder of a woman found in Tiburon in 1981, prosecutors disclosed in court Wednesday.
Sharileea Patton was 56 when her body washed ashore near the former Tiburon Naval Net Depot off Paradise Drive. She had been strangled and placed inside plastic garbage bags.
The reason the case is surfacing now is because prosecutors want to include Patton's murder as even more evidence why Naso should receive the death penalty.
Prosecutors are asking Judge Andrew Sweet to let them present evidence about other alleged Naso sex crimes that were excluded from the trial, including the Patton case.
The jury that convicted Naso returns to court next week to decide on his sentence. Naso argued that the jury should not be allowed to hear about the Patton investigation because the allegations cannot be proven.