The man accused of raping and killing two unidentified women nearly 40 years ago and dumping their bodies hundreds of miles apart was found guilty on two counts of murder Thursday in a Ventura County courtroom.
Wilson Chouest, 66, killed the two women over a span of three days, dumping the body of one Jane Doe in an orchard outside of Bakersfield, and the second in a high school parking lot in Ventura County.
Both women were found beaten and stabbed. The woman found in Ventura County was pregnant at the time of her murder.
Prosecutors had pushed for a third count of murder for that child’s death, but Chouest was found not guilty on that charge.
In court, Chouest denied ever knowing, seeing, or having sex with either woman, but prosecutors said his semen was found at both crime scenes.
Chouest faces a sentence of life without parole. He is scheduled to be sentenced July 12.
If you have any information on Chouest’s victims, call the Kern County Doe and Ventura County Doe hotline at 661-868-0119.
KGET has put together a comprehensive website chronicling the developments of this case, in an effort to help identify Chouest’s victims. Click here to learn more.