Al­leged se­rial killer to keep pub­lic de­fender

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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.

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