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Serial killer may be linked to more crimes

CHICAGO, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A convicted Illinois serial killer recently given the death penalty shouldn't use unsolved crimes to delay his execution, a prosecutor says.

DuPage County State's Attorney Joseph Birkett says he doesn't want to see Brian Dugan win last-minute stays by offering authorities information on other murder cases, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday.

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A jury handed Dugan, 53, the death penalty on Wednesday for the 1983 rape and murder of 10-year-old Jeanine Nicarico. Dugan pleaded guilty to her slaying while serving a life sentence for two other murders.

"I suspect he has other cases," Birkett said. "He is not going to play that card."

Authorities say Dugan may have committed up to four additional slayings.

Some jurors on the Dugan panel told the (Arlington Heights, Ill.) Daily Herald that Dugan came within minutes of receiving a life sentence because the jurors couldn't agree. But the holdouts changed their minds, making the decision unanimous.

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