SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - A judge says a man charged with killing four Northern California women with matching first and last initials can act his own attorney in what is expected to be a death penalty case.
Marin County Superior Court Judge Andrew Sweet said Friday that
Joseph Naso was competent to represent himself and understood the potential pitfalls.
The 77-year-old Naso has said he knows the case better than anyone else and didn't want to exhaust his financial resources on attorneys.
The four women whose deaths Naso is charged with were killed in the 1970s and 1990s throughout Northern California.
Naso is also being investigated for possible links to New York's
"Double Initial Murders" - killings in the early 1970s of three girls, each with matching initials.