Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
ESTRANGED HUSBAND TO BE ARRAIGNED
FOR 1983 MURDER OF HIS WIFE AFTER
BEING LINKED THROUGH DNA
On January 22, 1983, Mordick is accused of driving to the Anaheim Hills home of his estranged wife, Katherine, with whom he had two daughters, ages 2 and 4 years old, and murdering the victim by slashing her throat. Katherine was discovered the following day by a family member who went to check on her after becoming concerned when the victim didn’t return calls.
The case went unsolved until the Orange County District Attorney’s Office Task Force Review Aimed at Catching Killers, Rapists, and Sexual Offenders (TracKRS) Unit linked Mordick to the murder through physical evidence from the scene using DNA technology, which was not available in 1983.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Dan Wagner of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.