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Judge Closes Stayner Hearing

A Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Tuesday closed a hearing over a pretrial motion to suppress statements made by accused serial killer Cary Stayner.

Judge Thomas Hastings ruled that the discussions about statements Stayner made to law enforcement before giving his alleged confession to murdering three women near Yosemite would, if made part of the public record, damage his chances for a fair trail.

Stayner, 40, is charged with the 1999 killings of Carole Sund, 42, Juli Sund, 15, and an Argentinean friend of the family, 16 year-old Silvina Pelosso.

Stayner is currently serving a federal life sentence for the 1999 killing of Yosemite National Park naturalist Joie Armstrong.

His trial was moved to San Jose because of extensive pre-trial media coverage of the case in Mariposa County.