Man accused of 6 slayings in O.C. hearing voices, attorney says
A former Marine from Yorba Linda charged with killing six people during a murder rampage over several months has been hearing voices and suffering from headaches and muscle tics while in custody at the Orange County Jail, his attorney said Wednesday.
In an effort to quiet his mind, Itzcoatl Ocampo on Monday thrust his head against a cell toilet or bench, creating a raised black-and-blue welt on the top of his forehead, said defense attorney Randall Longwith.
“He just said, 'I just wanted it to stop, I wanted everything to stop,’ ” Longwith said. “He was trying to stop voices, tics and the headaches.”
Ocampo, who is accused of stabbing four homeless men to death between Dec. 20, 2011 and Jan. 13, was taken into custody after bystanders chased him from a Carl's Jr. parking lot where the fourth victim was attacked.
Two weeks later, police announced that a DNA link was discovered between Ocampo's clothing and an Oct. 25 crime scene a mile from his Yorba Linda home, where Raquel Estrada, 53, and her son Juan Herrera, 34, were found stabbed to death.
The accusation freed Estrada's younger son, Eder Herrera, who spent four months in jail on murder charges.
Ocampo is due in court Friday for a hearing. Longwith said he has concerns about whether Ocampo will be able to attend.
“It’s the worst I’ve seen him,” he said. “It may be that mentally, he’s worse.”
Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, said Ocampo wore a protective gown from March 2 to March 5.
“The purpose is just so he can’t hurt himself,” Amormino said of Ocampo, who is in a solitary cell and is being monitored 24 hours a day.
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Photo: Itzcoatl Ocampo, 23, with attorney Randall Longwith standing by him, is arraigned in Orange County Superior Court on Feb. 21. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times