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Suspected Serial Killer's Courtroom Surprise

Naso had a lot to say during a short hearing in San Rafael Wednesday.



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    Suspected serial killer Joseph Naso had a few things to say during his court hearing Wednesday in a San Rafael courtroom.

    Joseph Naso, 77, was in court to enter a plea on charges that he killed four women in the 1970s and 1990s.

    Naso did not enter a plea and instead told the judge he wants to represent himself.

    "I’ve decided looking at the big picture -- I will represent myself,” he told the judge during court.

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    Judge Andrew Sweet said he would take the matter under consideration and scheduled a hearing on the issue for next week.

    Also in court Wednesday, Naso had a correction to make. He said the media has been saying his name wrong, adding it has a strong "a" as in Nay-so.

    Naso is charged with the 1977 murder of Roxene Roggasch, who was abducted in the Oakland Hills and whose body was later found near Fairfax, the 1978 slaying of Carmen Colon near Port Costa in Contra Costa County and the 1993 and 1994 killings in Yuba County of Paula Parsons and Tracy Tofoya.

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    You'll notice all of the victims have matching initials on their first and last names. That detail has investigators around the country looking into cold cases to see if he may be responsible for more killings in other parts of the country.

    Naso faces four counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances. Those charges make him eligible for the death penalty.