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New evidence found in case of New Britain serial killings

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William Devin Howell. (DOC photo) William Devin Howell. (DOC photo)
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

A suspected serial killer charged with murdering seven people faced a judge through video conference on Wednesday afternoon.

William Devon Howell, 45, was arrested last month after years of investigating by the New Britain Police Department.

He's being held in a Newtown prison.

Police said Howell’s alleged victims went missing in 2003 and the remains of four of them were found earlier this year.

He’s been charged with multiple counts of murder and sexual assault.

He’s also currently serving a 15 year sentence for the death of Nilsa Arizmendi, one of the seven victims, according to investigators.

On Wednesday, Eyewitness News learned there is new evidence that is being looked at in this case, which was found in his prison cell.

Officials said a Florida newspaper article on the death penalty was found, along with a 2003 cell phone bill saying "this just shows that the day after I killed," along with a notebook with references to a website that sells items from serial killers.

Back on Sept. 18, loved ones of some of the victims were present when gruesome details about the seven murders were released.

One of the victims was Joyvaline Martinez. Her sister was seated in the courtroom.

"I didn't think this day would ever come,” said Sandra Martinez, Joyvaline Martinez’s sister. “But thanks to all the hard work that was put into it, they were able to catch him and I hope he never gets out of jail and he rots."

In court on Wednesday, the family said they just hope justice is served.

"This monster decided one day to just come and take her away from us, but he's going to pay," Sandra Martinez said.

Investigators said Howell killed all of his victims within a six month span in 2003. He then buried their bodies behind a shopping plaza off of Hartford Road in New Britain.

“They were people from our communities and in no way deserved the violence that ended their lives,” said Chief James Wardwell, New Britain police.

After years of searching and devoting a lot of police resources to the case, officials said they discovered the remains of three woman in August of 2007. In April of 2015, four other victims were found.

Howell was identified as the killer in May, police said.

Sandra Martinez said his arrest brought some measure of peace as she continues to remember and honor her sister.

"I want them to see that she was a caring person, a loving person,” she said. “She loved everyone. That's the mistake she made."

Howell is expected back in court in December.

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