SAN RAFAEL (CBS/AP) – Joseph Naso, facing the death penalty for the murders of four women, mocked the prosecutor during interviews with prospective jurors.
The 79-year-old Naso, acting as his own lawyer, addressed a panel of 21 possible jurors on Monday in Marin County.
Naso flailed his hands, saying he was mimicking gestures made by Marin County prosecutor Rosemary Slote during her presentation.
One female prospective juror told Naso she found his mocking of the prosecutor objectionable.
Naso is charged with murdering four women with matching initials: Roxene Roggasch in 1977, Carmen Colon in 1978, Pamela Parsons in 1993 and Tracy Tafoya in 1994. The bodies of the women were found along rural roads in Yuba, Marin and Contra Costa counties.
Naso, a self-employed modeling photographer, photographed nude and partially nude women in heels, lingerie and garters in poses that made them appear dead, incapacitated or unconscious, according to testimony at the preliminary hearing in January 2012.
Twelve jurors and nine alternates will be selected for the trial that is expected to last until November. Opening statements are currently scheduled for June 17.
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