The accused “Golden State Killer” appeared in a Sacramento court Friday where he was charged with two counts of murder while shackled to a wheelchair.
Joseph James DeAngelo — a former police officer who was arrested this week after a 40-year manhunt — was charged with the 1978 murders of a newlywed couple who were shot to death in a Sacramento suburb while walking their dog.
The 72-year-old DeAngelo was wearing an orange jumpsuit and made no facial expressions except to occasionally close his eyes as the judge listed the charges against him, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The alleged killer is on suicide watch in the county jail’s psychiatric ward and has been talking to himself, according to CBS News.
DeAngelo is a suspect in 10 other murders committed in central, northern and southern California between 1976 and 1986 and more than 50 rapes.
He was arrested this week after investigators, who had been searching for him for four decades, tracked him down using a genealogy database and DNA left at the crime scenes.
With Post wires
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