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Serial killer suspect's attorney says he's not getting access

January 19, 2012 |  2:24 pm
Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas holds up a photo of a 7-inch knife similar to the one he says was used by Itzcoatl Ocampo, the man accused in the deaths of four homeless men.

The defense attorney for a former Marine accused of killing four homeless men continues to have difficulty visiting his client, he said Thursday. 

Randall Longwith, the attorney for Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo, 23, has spent no more than "10 or 15 seconds" with his client since he was arrested Friday, he said.

Longwith met Ocampo for the first time Tuesday afternoon, but only after getting a court order. He was denied access to Ocampo on Thursday, he said.

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Ocampo, who was arrested Friday, is charged with murder with special circumstances, making him eligible for the death penalty. He is being held in isolation on a psychological watch.

Longwith is returning to court Thursday to attempt to get another order allowing visits of up to an hour with Ocampo and that he be allowed privacy with his client, he said.

The lack of access to Ocampo "already has hindered my ability to enter a meaningful plea," Longwith said. "It's a very big case with very big possible consequences."

Orange County's top prosecutor said he's prepared for Ocampo to put up an insanity defense or claim he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and should be found not guilty in the string of killings.

"But that's not going to fly," said Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas.

Ocampo's arraignment, initially set for Wednesday, was postponed to Feb. 17, at Longwith's request. Ocampo is being held without bail.

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-- Hailey Branson-Potts

Photo:  Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas holds up a photo of a 7-inch knife similar to the one he says was used by Itzcoatl Ocampo, the man accused in the deaths of four homeless men. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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