Judge denies Crane's request for self-representation.
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A judge has denied a request by a man, accused of killing a Paradise Valley couple and a Phoenix businessman, who asked to act as his own attorney at trial.
Michael Crane asked the judge Monday morning if he could act as his own attorney.
Crane told the judge that he was going to represent himself in court and it really didn't matter what the judge thought of that.
"I understand you your honor, but I don't agree with it," Crane told the Maricopa County judge.
Throughout the entire hearing, Judge Warren Granville tried to explain to Crane the rule of law he would have to follow, explaining to him that he would have to follow criminal law, along with the Constitution of the United States as well as Arizona.
During the hearing, Crane kept refusing to follow the rules, telling the judge that his was not a request but that he was informing the judge that he would be representing himself.
The judge at times tried not to get into arguments with Crane.
Crane has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the killings of Bruce Gaudet on Jan. 26 and of Lawrence and Glenna Shapiro on Jan. 30 in separate robberies.
Crane told the judge that no one knew his case better than him, and that's why he was refusing counsel.
The judge did not rule Monday morning, saying he would take the request for Crane to represent himself seriously.
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