SA-born serial killer seeks death penalty state

2011-05-02 00:00

SELF-CONFESSED serial killer Muziwokuthula “Muzi” Madondo allegedly wants to be prosecuted in a death penalty state in the United States where he killed four people.

The Durban-born student has reportedly also turned down an offer for help from the South African embassy in Washington.

The Sunday Times quoted South Africa’s deputy ambassador to the United States, Johnny Moloto, as saying that the embassy in Washington formally extended “normal consular assistance” to Madondo last week, which he rejected.

Moloto said Madondo did not want the embassy to communicate on his behalf. Neither did he want its assistance to get in touch with his family in South Africa.

U.S. newspapers reported that Madondo was extradited on Tuesday from Texas, where he was arrested while on the run, to New Mexico, where he allegeddly murdered two men in a motel and awaits his preliminary hearing.

He apparently wants to be tried in Ohio, where his first two victims died, not New Mexico.

New Mexico does not apply the death penalty, while Ohio does.

One of his Ohio victims was fellow South African Zenzele Mdadane, a Maritzburg College old boy.

Madondo (33) entered the U.S. in 2008 on a study visa as a theology student.

He was arrested in Houston, Texas, on March 27 for a string of homicides, which started with a failed robbery and the fatal shooting of Jacquelyn Hilder (60), the vice president of a bank in Akron, Ohio, on February 17.

This was followed two days later by the murder of Mdadane, who was 25, in Dayton Ohio.

Madondo later killed Bobby Gonzalez (57) and his son Gabriel Baca (37) at a motel in New Mexico.

U.S. police have been quoted as saying that Madondo confessed to the killings in an attempt to cleanse his soul, allegedly after he told the police he was a disgrace to his family.

Madondo allegedly told police that his crisscrossed 18 states in the U.S. and the murders, which except for Mdadane’s were robbery related, were an attempt to get money to help his ailing parents.

Madondo was expelled from the University of Durban Westville in 2003 after being accused of corruption while president of the SRC.

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