Portland police link 3 deaths to 'I-5 killer'

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland police say DNA evidence links Randall Woodfield, known as the I-5 Killer, to three deaths from the early 1980s

Detective Jim Lawrence of the cold case unit says the man known as the I-5 killer fatally shot a Beaverton woman and two Portland residents during a crime spree that stretched from Northern California to Washington state. He says detectives can now prove Woodfield killed seven people during the spree and committed more than two dozen robberies, some involving sexual assaults.

The 62-year-old Woodfield is serving a life sentence in the Oregon State Penitentiary.

He won't be prosecuted for the killings announced Thursday unless he becomes eligible for parole. Prosecutors say that is a very slim possibility.