BY SAM STANTON, SACRAMENTO BEE
A decide in Sacramento refused Monday to permit prosecutors to play jailhouse recordings throughout the sentencing of Golden State Killer/East Space Rapist Joseph James DeAngelo that portrays him shifting about his cell athletically in stark distinction to the feeble, wheelchair-bound look he has introduced in courtroom for 2 years.
Sacramento Superior Courtroom Decide Michael Bowman, who’s to condemn DeAngelo Friday to life in jail following a weeklong courtroom listening to, stated he didn’t see the relevance of permitting a DVD of movies to be performed as a result of DeAngelo has by no means used his supposed frailty as an excuse for his crimes.
“Mr. DeAngelo has never put his physical infirmity as an issue, he’s never had counsel approach the court for leniency because of it,” the decide stated.
Victims and members of the family of DeAngelo’s victims have scoffed on the notion that DeAngelo, 74, can barely communicate or transfer on his personal, and legislation enforcement sources have stated repeatedly that his supposed feebleness is an act — he’s bodily match and has been seen in his cell performing calisthenics and shifting about freely, they stated.
Prosecutor Thienvu Ho, showing in a Zoom courtroom listening to Monday morning throughout which DeAngelo appeared inside a courtroom in a wheelchair with two public defenders, argued that the video needs to be performed to guarantee that DeAngelo can’t later search compassionate launch due to his frailty.
DeAngelo pleaded responsible in June to 13 murders and a bunch of rapes and different crimes, and is to be sentenced following three days of sufferer influence statements from members of the family and rape victims. These statements start Tuesday morning.
Ho stated the video recordings had been made June 1, June 17-18, June 29 and July 18 and present “he is not physically or mentally deficient” and reveal him “being very flexible and strong, contrary to the image he has portrayed in court.”
He additionally famous that a few 12 months in the past DeAngelo was recorded “committing a sexual act while watching someone outside of his cell.”
DeAngelo’s public defenders argued that if the tape had been to be performed they’d search a continuance to collect all recordings of DeAngelo within the Sacramento County Major Jail for evaluation earlier than sentencing can proceed.
However Bowman stated he would enable the DVD to stay within the courtroom file however not have it performed in Friday’s sentencing listening to, which is scheduled to be held in a ballroom at Sacramento State College.
Jennifer Carole, the daughter of Lyman Smith, who was killed alongside along with his spouse, Charlene, in Ventura County in March 1980, stated she agreed with the decide’s resolution as a result of she needs the main focus of the courtroom proceedings to stay on DeAngelo’s crimes and the influence on victims.
“We need to focus on the crimes, not on all these theatrics,” she stated. “Each time we go to this place particularly, it doesn’t damage him in any respect, nevertheless it causes all of us ache.
“It’s the wrong thing to focus on. You want to focus on the victims, but also the crime is inherently awful. We don’t need anything extra.”
DeAngelo, a former Auburn police officer, was arrested outdoors his Citrus Heights residence in April 2018 after DNA proof led authorities to the person that they had been searching for since his crime spree started within the 1970s.
DeAngelo is due again in courtroom Tuesday for the primary of three days of sufferer influence statements. Rape victims from his crime spree as Sacramento’s East Space Rapist are anticipated to handle him in chronological order of the assaults, adopted by a Wednesday courtroom session for rape victims from Yolo, San Joaquin and Contra Costa counties.
Thursday’s listening to shall be dedicated to members of the family of DeAngelo’s 13 homicide victims from Tulare, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Orange County.
These classes shall be held in Division 1 contained in the closed Sacramento Superior Courthouse. That’s the largest obtainable courtroom, and courtroom officers held a lottery to permit restricted entry to members of the general public whereas nonetheless permitting for sufficient house to accommodate victims and a handful of media.
The courtroom session then returns to Sacramento State — the place he entered his responsible pleas in June — for his formal sentencing on Friday.
The hearings shall be livestreamed: https://bit.ly/sac-courts-dept-24