Key dates in the case of Rafael Resendez-Ramirez, suspected in eight slayings in Texas, Kentucky and Illinois.

Aug. 29, 1997 _ Christopher Maier, 21-year-old student at University of Kentucky, is killed as he and his girlfriend take shortcut along the railroad tracks from one party to another.

Dec. 17, 1998 _ Dr. Claudia Benton is found sexually assaulted, stabbed and beaten to death inside her Houston-area home near railroad tracks. Her vehicle is later found abandoned in San Antonio. One of Resendez-Ramirez's fingerprints is found in the car.

May 2 _ Minister Norman Sirnic, 46, and his wife, Karen Sirnic, 47, found dead inside their home near railroad tracks in Weimar. Their stolen pickup is found in nearby San Antonio.

June 2 _ Resendez-Ramirez picked up by Border Patrol agents for illegal entry into the United States and sent back to Mexico. Agents said they were unaware he was wanted by police and the FBI.

June 4 _ Josephine Konvicka, 73, found slain inside her Fayette County home, about three miles from the Sirnics' home.

June 5 _ Noemi Dominguez, 26-year-old Houston schoolteacher, found beaten to death in her home.

June 15 _ Bodies of George Morber, 80, and his daughter, Carolyn Frederick, 52, discovered slain at their home in Gorham, Ill. The house is 100 yards from a railroad track.

July 13 _ Resendez-Ramirez surrenders to authorities near El Paso, Texas.