PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The man accused as the “Kensington strangler” has been ordered held for trial for murdering three women in November and December.

Homicide detectives have testified that 22-year-old Antonio Rodriguez admitted to the sadistic murders of Elaine Goldberg, Nicole Piacentini, and Casey Mahoney.

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Philadelphia prosecutor Carlos Vega says the MO was the same in each case, according to Rodriguez’s confession: he said he approached the women, asked if they were “working,” then killed them during sex.

“They were beaten, strangled, and there was DNA evidence left at the scene, each of the murder scenes,” Vega told KYW Newsradio this morning.  “The defendant confessed to each of the murders and identified each of the victims and went into some detail as to how he killed them and what pleasure he derived after he had killed them and admitted he actually had sex with them after he had killed them,” Vega said.

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Rodriguez, in custody and dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit, showed no significant reaction in court.

Afterward, Vega said the prosecution will seek the death penalty.   Rodriguez’s defense attorney declined comment.

Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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