Alleged serial killer to keep public defender
A suspected California serial killer cannot afford a private attorney, a judge ruled Thursday, keeping in place a public defender in a case expected to cost taxpayers $20 million.
Joseph DeAngelo, a former police officer facing 26 murder and kidnapping charges, could be required to reimburse the county to the extent he is able after the trial, Judge Michael Sweet said in Sacramento Superior Court.
DeAngelo, 73, stood in an orange jumpsuit inside a courtroom cage.
Sacramento County has asked the state to pick up the cost of prosecuting and defending DeAngelo.