Judge denies accused killer Michael Crane's request to represent himself at trial

PHOENIX - A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has denied accused killer Michael Crane's request to represent himself at trial Tuesday.

The judge ruled that while Crane seems competent to represent himself, it's clear he would attempt to interrupt the proceedings.

Crane repeatedly told the judge that he was going to act as his own attorney, and it was not a request.

"I believe I always have acted as my own attorney," he said.

On Monday, the judge asked a series of questions to determine if Crane was fit for the responsibility.

"Will you persist in your claim that I have no jurisdiction to proceed in your case?" the judge asked.

"Most certainly," Crane replied.

Crane is accused of killing Lawrence and Glenna Shapiro in their Paradise Valley home back in January.

A week prior, Crane also killed Bruce Gaudet at his Phoenix apartment, police said.

Investigators said Crane set fire to both homes after the murders.

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