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Serial killer suspect looks like 'scared wet cat,' attorney says

January 18, 2012 |  8:23 am

Suspect allegedly stalked homeless victims

After his arrest, the man Orange County prosecutors say is the serial killer responsible for the deaths of four homeless men sleeps most of the day in jail, his attorney said.

Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo, 23, is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Wednesday in Santa Ana. It is unclear if he will enter a plea.

The former Marine from Yorba Linda is charged with murder with special circumstances, making him eligible for the death penalty. He is being held in isolation on a psychological watch.

His attorney, Randall Longwith, said he was finally allowed to see Ocampo on Tuesday afternoon, but only after getting a court order.

Officials "indicate he sleeps most of the day," Longwith said. "He was curled up in a ball under a blanket in underwear, no shirt, no pants. He looked like a wet cat -- a scared, wet cat. It wasn't much conversation."

Photos: Serial killer targets Orange County homeless

Prosecutors accuse Ocampo of a "serial thrill-kill spree," outlining each of the killings in graphic detail and saying that the attacks became more furious and violent.

They also allege he had already selected future victims at the time of his arrest.

"He wasn't done with the killings," said Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas, who didn't specify how investigators were certain that more victims had been targeted. "We know that he had selected others and why. ... He appeared to like the press coverage."

-- Hailey Branson-Potts, Christopher Goffard and Nicole Santa Cruz

Photo: Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas holds up a photo of a knife like the one allegedly used by Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times