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Prosecutors add 2 counts against accused serial killer

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TACOMA, Wash. — Authorities have added two more murder charges against a man already accused of shooting and killing eight prostitutes in one of the state's largest serial killing cases.

Prosecutors in Tacoma on Monday charged Robert L. Yates Jr. with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the December 1997 slaying of Melinda L. Mercer and the September 1998 killing of Connie LaFontaine Ellis. Both women were shot.

Yates, 48, has pleaded not guilty to aggravated first-degree murder stemming from the eight Spokane killings in 1997 and 1998. The former Army National Guard helicopter pilot is being held without bond as he awaits trial next year.

Yates also has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and robbery in a case in which a woman survived an attack.