NEWPORT BEACH — A Costa Mesa man accused of committing a double homicide outside of his home in May will defend himself if the case goes to trial.
Appearing at a Friday morning hearing in the Harbor Justice Center, defendant Robert Alan Lehmann told Orange County Superior Court Judge Derek G. Johnson he does not plan to use legal counsel.
Johnson agreed to the request, signed the necessary papers, and set a preliminary hearing date for July 15.
Lehmann stood before Johnson in a faded orange jail-issued jumpsuit with thick-rimmed glasses and a goatee. He asked the judge for the court's assistance to access the law library and self-help center so he could better prepare for his defense.
"I've been unable to get any assistance," said Lehmann, who also requested copies of documents that would grant him access to jail resources.
Lehmann, 36, is accused in the May 3 slayings of his ex-wife, Emily Ford, and her father, Russell Ford, in the 3400 block of Santa Clara Circle in northern Costa Mesa.