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As the jury began deliberating over the guilt or innocence of accused Night Stalker Richard Ramirez last week, casting was already under way for a TV movie based on the Night Stalker’s bloody crime spree.

Ramirez is being tried for 13 murders, mutilations, burglaries and various sex crimes. The trial began Jan. 30.

“Trackdown: Anatomy of a Manhunt” will be produced by Ron Gilbert and directed by Bruce Green for ABC. The script, by Joe Gunn, was completed before a jury was even selected for trial.

Key real-life character in the telefilm will include Detective Frank Salerno and his partner, Gil Carrillo, who led the LAPD’s Night Stalker Task Force.

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Production reportedly begins on Aug. 21 in and around L.A.

Calls to Gilbert were not returned.


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