The Richard Ramirez preliminary hearing in Santa Ana Wednesday was continued again to Sept. 28, two days before his pretrial motions are scheduled to begin in Los Angeles.
Prosecutors said the dates are too close. "The defense lawyers say they can work it out, one of them in Los Angeles and one of them down here, but I don't know," Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. James G. Enright said.
Ramirez faces 14 murder counts in Los Angeles. In Orange County, he is charged with rape and attempted murder in the Aug. 25, 1985 break-in at the Mission Viejo home of William Carns and his fiancee. Carns was shot three times in the head and is still in physical therapy.
Ramirez, a 27-year-old transient from Texas, was identified by Carns' fiancee as the man who raped her. She testified that her attacker said he was the Night Stalker.