Correction: An earlier version of this story said black-and-white jumpsuits are usually worn by defendants who are mentally ill. Those jumpsuits are worn by anyone who is a high security risk, which may include mentally ill defendants.
The man accused of stabbing another man to death in a Paso Robles laundromat Sunday evening submitted a request to represent himself as his own lawyer in court today.
But Judge Michael Duffy denied the request and appointed a public defender to handle John Frederick Woody's case, suggesting it would be difficult for Woody to handle the legal aspects of a case of this magnitude.
Woody, 28, of San Jose is accused of killing Paso Robles resident Martin McWilliams, 46, on Sunday at Paso Robles Laundromat on the 2800 block of Spring Street.
After reviewing paperwork that Woody filled out this morning, Duffy pointed out that Woody had no legal experience and a substantial criminal record, but he didn't get into the details of Woody's criminal history.
Woody also acknowledged to Duffy that he has been diagnosed with mental illness.
His appointed attorney, Ken Cirisan, declared a doubt of Woody's competence to stand trial. Two doctors will need to evaluate him and report their findings on April 7.
Woody, who is listed at 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 240 pounds on his court docket information, appeared in Duffy's courtroom wearing a black-and-white striped jumpsuit that's typically worn by defendants who are a high security risk.