Paradise Valley murder suspect, Michael Crane, says he will represent himself

PHOENIX - A man accused of killing three people in two different robberies in the Valley wants to be his own lawyer and represent himself in court.

Michael Crane repeatedly told a Maricopa County Superior Court 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.

The judge asked a series of questions to determine if Crane is 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.

The judge said he would decide within the next week if Crane is able to represent himself.

The next court date is set for Monday, October 15.

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