Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, who authorities suspect is the so-called Golden State Killer responsible for at least a dozen murders and 50 rapes in the 1970s and 80s, makes his first appearance, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Sacramento County Superior Court in

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Serial Killing Suspect Wheeled Into Courtroom

April 27, 2018 - 2:04 pm

UPDATED: Apr 27, 2018 2:17PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The man accused of being the Golden State Killer did not enter a plea during his first court appearance.

Joseph James DeAngelo was arraigned Friday in Sacramento County Superior Court on two counts of murder. He was handcuffed in a wheelchair and five police officers surrounded him as he listened to the judge with his eyes barely open.

A court official read the details of the charges that DeAngelo is facing and a judge asked if he had a lawyer.

In a frail voice, DeAngelo responded, "I have a lawyer." An attorney from the public defender's office was with him in court. DeAngelo appeared in a wheelchair and was wearing an orange jumpsuit.

He has been denied bail.