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Man accused of killing ex-wife and her father declines lawyer

A man accused of killing his ex-wife and her father outside his Costa Mesa home in May, Robert Alan Lehmann, will defend himself if the case goes to trial.

Appearing at a Friday morning hearing in the Harbor Justice Center, defendant Lehmann told Orange County Superior Court Judge Derek G. Johnson he did not plan to use legal counsel. Johnson agreed to the request, signed the necessary papers, and set a preliminary hearing date for July 15.

Lehmann stood before Johnson in a faded orange jail-issued jumpsuit with glasses and a goatee. He asked the judge for the court's assistance to access the law library and self-help center so he could better prepare for his defense, according to the Daily Pilot.

Lehmann, 36, is accused in the May 3 slayings of his former wife, Emily Ford, and her father, Russell Ford, in the 3400 block of Santa Clara Circle in northern Costa Mesa. Ford, 32, a teacher's aide at Paularino Elementary School in Costa Mesa, was granted full custody of their daughter earlier that day after a child-custody hearing. Lehmann did not show up to the hearing.


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Photo: Robert Lehmann, who is accused of killing ex-wife Emily Ford, and her father, Russell Ford, appears in court at the Harbor Justice Center for a pretrial conference on July 8, 2011. Credit: Scott Smeltzer / Times Community News

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