A former neighbor of convicted killer Joseph Naso testified Tuesday that he tackled her and tried to rape her when he lived in Piedmont, but Naso said she was "perjuring herself."

Carolyn Kasprik was called to the witness stand by the prosecution, which is trying to persuade the jury to give Naso the death penalty.

Although the jury has already convicted Naso, 79, for the murders of four women, prosecutors are presenting additional evidence of other murders and sex crimes Naso allegedly committed over the years. Naso, a former commercial photographer, lived at various places in Northern California before retiring to Reno.

Kasprik testified that Naso attacked her decades ago while he lived in her neighborhood and was having marital problems. She said she was able to escape.

Naso, on cross-examination, got Kasprik to admit she could not prove he attacked her. Naso countered that Kasprik willingly posed for his photos, and, to prove the point, presented a photograph he claimed he took of her.

Kasprik looked at the photo and said it was not her. She noted, among other things, that the woman in the picture had a different eye color.

After Naso pressed the point with increasing agitation, trying to get Kasprik to say she was the woman in the photo Judge Andrew Sweet sent the jury on a break and advised Naso to stop his "abusive" line of questioning.


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Sweet also questioned the relevance of the photo.

"The relevance is obvious," Naso retorted. "If she recognizes the picture of her, it's impeachment of her credibility. The picture, it's her."

"The impeachment value of this picture is not apparent," Sweet said.

"She's embarrassed," Naso said. "She doesn't want to admit it."

Prosecutors Dori Ahana and Rosemary Slote are expected to complete their side of the death penalty phase on Friday. Naso can then call "mitigation witnesses" to testify why he should be spared the death penalty, but Sweet said he did not want Naso to turn the end of the case "into a circus."

"Talk about a circus?" Naso said. "This whole trial has been a circus."

Naso was arrested in 2010 after a probation search at his home in Reno turned up incriminating writings and photographs, including a diary that allegedly documents a half century of sex crimes. He was convicted last month of murdering four prostitutes: Roxene Roggasch, 18, whose body was dumped west of Fairfax in 1977; Carmen Colon, 22, who was found near Port Costa in 1978; Pamela Parsons, 38, who was found in Yuba County in 1993; and Tracy Tafoya, 31, who was found in Yuba County in 1994.

Prosecutors say the evidence implicates Naso in the murders of two other women, but the evidence was not ready in time to present at the trial. The victims were Sharileea Patton, whose body washed up in Tiburon in 1981, and Sara Dylan, a nomadic Bob Dylan groupie who was killed in 1992 in or near Nevada County.

Naso has been representing himself at the trial with the help of a legal adviser from the public defender's office.

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