A judge has forbidden the news media from photographing two serial slaying suspects in court out of concern that they won’t receive a fair trial.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Roland Steinle said Wednesday that photographers and cameramen could still be present and follow court hearings regarding Samuel John Dieteman and Dale S. Hausner.
But Steinle prohibited them from filming the two men in jailhouse jumpsuits and flanked by sheriff’s deputies.
“The court was concerned that continuing publicity would affect whether the defendants would receive a fair trial,” Steinle said during a court hearing.
Despite those concerns, Dieteman defense lawyer Maria Schaffer said she doesn’t plan to ask the judge to move the case out of Phoenix.
A former lawyer for Hausner tried and failed to change the court venue because of the intense media attention.
Attorney Ken Everett didn’t return calls seeking comment Wednesday.
Hausner, 33, and Dieteman, 31, are accused of randomly shooting numerous people with shotguns as they cruised Valley neighborhoods late at night.
Hausner faces seven murder counts and Dieteman faces two murder counts. Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty if they’re convicted.
Both men have pleaded not guilty.
No trial date has been set. The next hearing for Dieteman is scheduled for May 21, while Hausner has a court hearing set for Jan. 8.
Even though police said they’d worked together and they are named in the same criminal complaints and indictments, Hausner and Dieteman will have separate trials.
A judge split the case against them in December.
“It’s to ensure a fair trial,” Schaffer said Tuesday.