Man accused in 3 AZ murders removed from courtroom again

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Michael Crane in court on Monday, Oct. 8. Michael Crane in court on Monday, Oct. 8.
Judge denies Crane's request for self-representation. Judge denies Crane's request for self-representation.

A competency hearing for a man accused of killing a Phoenix businessman and a Paradise Valley couple in 2012 ended shortly after he told the court that he's a robot.

As he's done in most other previous court proceedings, 34-year-old Michael Crane burst into a profanity-laced tirade soon after Friday's hearing began.

He later was forcefully removed from the Maricopa County Superior Court room.

Testimony was heard from doctors who believe Crane suffers from psychotic delusions and may not be able to represent himself at trial.

Previously Crane told the judge that he was going to represent himself in court and it really didn't matter what the judge thought of that.

"I understand you your honor, but I don't agree with it," Crane told the Maricopa County judge.

Throughout the entire hearing, Judge Warren Granville tried to explain to Crane the rule of law he would have to follow, explaining to him that he would have to follow criminal law, along with the Constitution of the United States as well as Arizona.

During the hearing, Crane kept refusing to follow the rules, telling the judge that his was not a request but that he was informing the judge that he would be representing himself.

The judge at times tried not to get into arguments with Crane.

Crane has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the killings of Bruce Gaudet on Jan. 26 and of Lawrence and Glenna Shapiro on Jan. 30 in separate robberies.

Crane told the judge that no one knew his case better than him, and that's why he was refusing counsel.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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