The alleged Golden State Killer was arraigned at a courthouse in Sacramento Friday afternoon, but he did not enter a plea after he was formally charged with two counts of murder with special circumstances, and two additional felonies for using a firearm.
Prosecutors say Joseph James DeAngelo allegedly murdered Katie and Brian Maggiore in Rancho Cordova in 1978. One woman traveled from there this afternoon to watch the arraignment.
"It's never felt so good to see somebody brought to justice and to be caught. Because this man did this all over the state of California," she told KFI's Kris Ankarlo.
DeAngelo, a former cop, has also been charged with eight murders, including two in Ventura County and four more in Orange County. He has been accused of at least 46 rapes and a dozen murders between 1978 and 1986.
His public defender, Diane Howard, said she couldn't speak to her client's health issues or why he appeared in a wheelchair during his arraignment. She told the press outside a Sacramento courtroom Friday, that she was denied access to DeAngelo on Wednesday while investigators were interviewing her client.
Howard said she was waiting for the "hundreds of thousands of pages" of discovery evidence from prosecutors. He will return to court on May 14th.