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May 19, 2013

Calif. killer still awaits local trial


The woman was repeatedly beaten and sexually assaulted as Underwood allegedly drove north and into southern New Hampshire. Just past the toll booths in Hampton, Underwood is accused of driving off the highway and stabbing the woman in the abdomen. The blade on his knife broke off.

Before fleeing, Underwood allegedly dumped the woman in a watery ditch. A Good Samaritan stopped and helped the woman after she managed to drag herself back near the highway.

The Good Samaritan drove the woman to Exeter Hospital. Her colon and small intestine area was punctured. She also had contusions on her face and bruises and abrasions on her neck, according to court papers. The woman underwent surgery and samples were taken from her body for a rape evidence kit.

The case was resurrected in 2009 when Andover police retrieved the woman’s rape kit from the Hampton Police Department. The samples were submitted to the Massachusetts State Police crime lab, where the DNA was submitted to the Combined Offender DNA Index System, a national database referred to by law enforcement as CODIS.

The samples matched Underwood’s DNA in the system.

Two years ago, the victim also identified Underwood from a New York State booking photo taken two weeks after the 1988 attack in Andover. The woman is willing to testify against Underwood at trial, prosecutors said previously.

Underwood was extradited from Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, Ca. He had already served 12 years and 10 months on the double life sentences when he arrived in Essex County. The county paid $2,041 to bring Underwood to Essex County then, according to an agreement signed by District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett and U.S. Marshal John Gibbons.

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