From hospital room, lawyer says suspected Southern California mass shooter can’t be a part of courtroom listening to

A court hearing was held remotely Tuesday from the hospital room of a man accused of shooting and killing four people at an Orange mobile home sales office, but the man’s medical state prevented the case from moving forward.

Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, 44, was still unable to communicate, his defense attorneys told an Orange County Superior Court judge, making it impossible to proceed with an arraignment where Gonzalez would be informed of the charges he is facing and asked to enter a plea.

Gonzalez’s attorneys told Orange County Superior Court Judge Cheri Pham that they would check on his condition daily to determine if he is able to proceed with the arraignment. Exact details on Gonzalez’s condition – beyond his inability to communicate with his legal counsel – were not provided to the judge.

Defendant’s in Orange County can be arraigned remotely from a hospital room, but they must be awake, lucid and able to communicate with their attorneys in order for such a hearing to move forward.

At one point on Tuesday, Pham – who was conducting the hearing from a courtroom in Santa Ana – said she wanted the camera at the hospital pointed at Gonzalez in order to determine his condition herself. Assistant Public Defender Ken Morrison, who is representing Gonzalez, raised concerns about showing Gonzalez on a video feed that was being broadcast live on the internet, and the judge agreed to accept the defense attorney’s description of his condition.

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