‘Golden State Killer’, 72, appears in court in a CAGE as he stands for the first time after complaining he was too frail
- Joseph DeAngelo, 72, appeared in Sacramento Superior Court on Tuesday
- DeAngelo stood inside a cage and appeared spry and healthy
- Last month, he looked ill while mumbling incoherently during his arraignment
- DeAngelo is suspected of being the Golden State Killer
The man suspected to be the Golden State Killer stood in court inside a metal cage on Tuesday after he was last seen in a wheelchair.
Joseph DeAngelo, 72, stood inside the Sacramento courtroom during a hearing. His prior appearance in court presented a stark contrast.
DeAngelo sat in a wheelchair and appeared to be mumbling incoherently during his arraignment at Sacramento Superior Court last month.
But on Tuesday, DeAngelo appeared fit and spry.
A judge on Tuesday weighed how much information to release about the arrest of the former police officer.
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The man suspected to be the Golden State Killer stood in court inside a metal cage on Tuesday after he was last seen in a wheelchair
Joseph DeAngelo, 72, stood inside the Sacramento courtroom during a hearing. His prior appearance in court presented a stark contrast
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Sweet began considering the issue after a hearing where attorneys for DeAngelo argued that sharing the details could lead to an unfair trial.
Sweet indicated he’s likely to release some information and is working with prosecutors and defense attorneys to determine how much to redact, which would continue to shield some details from public view.
The Associated Press and other news outlets are pushing for information from search and arrest warrants to be made public.
Transparency helps the public act as a check on the legal process and ensures investigators are acting appropriately, said Duffy Carolan, a lawyer for the news outlets.
‘The press, the public and the victims deserve open proceedings,’ she argued.
DeAngelo sat in a wheelchair and appeared to be mumbling incoherently during his arraignment at Sacramento Superior Court last month
Authorities arrested DeAngelo last month and said he is responsible for at least a dozen killings and roughly 50 rapes in the 1970s and ’80s.
Investigators have searched his home in Citrus Heights, California, his computer and his cellphone.
Defense attorneys said the warrants include information about other allegations against DeAngelo that can no longer be tried, as well as details on evidence and methods.
Making that information public could taint jurors and witnesses, defense lawyer David Lynch said.
‘We have witnesses to events decades ago. Fading memories are going to be a huge issue in this case,’ he said.
Prosecutors did not object to the release of the documents but want to shield some information, including investigatory techniques and victim and witness identities.
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