Jerome Sydney Deavila entered a Stockton courtroom with his eyes avoiding cameras, his head down, and his responses to the judge were uncooperative.
“Do you understand you have the right to be represented by a lawyer?” asked Judge Franklin Stephens.
“No,” replied Deavila
Deavila was charged with the alleged rape, murder and robbery of his grandmother, 76-year-old Rachael Russel.
He was also charged with theft of am elderly person and resisting arrest.
Despite staring at his charges on court documents and hearing them aloud when asked if understood, Deavila said no again.
Russel was murdered on Saturday.
Her son, Stephen Russel, found her body three days later, wrapped in a bag in a wheelbarrow outside her home.
“She was everything to me. She was my mother. I am the youngest,” said Russel.
Deavila’s attorney requested he be evaluated by a doctor for competency.
That will prolong the process of going to trial.