The Sacramento County Superior Court and Sacramento County Jail website both show DeAngelo’s arraignment slated for 1:30 p.m. in Department 61, a relatively small courtroom within the jail’s Patino Hall of Justice, as of Friday morning. Due to the national attention surrounding the 42-year manhunt, though, talk around the Sacramento County Courthouse centered around where the trial’s first step would be held.
DeAngelo’s arraignment could be moved to Department 1 on the courthouse’s ground floor, the largest auditorium where many of the county’s highest-profile cases are held. It’s where convicted cop killer Luis Bracamontes, sentenced to death Wednesday, was tried in recent months.
If the arraignment stays within the jail, it could move to Department 63, the largest of the detention center’s four courtrooms. Keeping it in-house would eliminate transportation risks but could clog jail hallways as visitors flock to the building during an afternoon already ripe with other arraignments.
Heavy security is expected wherever the arraignment is held, as much for crowd control as for the 72-year-old DeAngelo.
DeAngelo faces murder charges for the 1978 killing of Rancho Cordova couple Brian and Katie Maggiore. Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert does not plan to file charges for the dozens of rapes her office believes DeAngelo committed in Sacramento County in the late 1970 because the statute of limitations has expired, though her counterpart in Yolo County has indicated he intends to do so.
Later stages of the trial may be moved to Orange County or Ventura County, where DeAngelo faces six more murder charges, or Santa Barbara County, where he is believed to have killed four Goleta residents but does not currently face charges. Schubert told a Sacramento Bee reporter on Thursday that "it makes sense to do it in one county."
"The majority of the murders happened down in Southern California, so I’m comfortable with wherever it’s going to be as long as everybody gets to be a participant,” she said.
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