Olinger Killer Asks To Represent Himself

Judge says no.

Judge Timothy Roberts told Jacobo Ruelas on Thursday he could not sufficiently prepare for a trial that has been rescheduled three times in three years and is now slated to begin April 4.

In addition to work already completed by his own attorneys, the judge said, there are 9,000 pages of reports that would have to be redacted to remove identifying information regarding confidential witnesses.

Ruelas, 31, is charged with murder during the commission of a robbery and carjacking in connection with the fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Kristopher Olinger. A jogger found the Monterey High School student in a turnout above the Pacific Grove Recreation Trail on the morning of Sept. 19, 1997. He had been stabbed 24 times.

Olinger Killer Asks To Represent Himself