His ankles in chains, Theodore R. Bundy, murder defendant, jumped to his feet in court here yesterday to protest some proposed anti-escape restraints.
Judge George C. Lohr sternly warned Bundy about his conduct. Judge Lohr was the presiding judge at a hearing June 7, 1977 when Bundy escaped by leaping from a second-story library window in the courthouse. He was recaptured six days later.
Judge Lohr ruled yesterday there is « probable cause » to bring Bundy to trial for escape, plus burglary of a cabin and auto theft, crimes he purportedly committed during his six days freedom.
Bundy’s anger flared before the hearing on the escape charges when the prosecution asked that in the future he appear in court in prison coveralls and barefoot or in stocking feet.
Barry Bryant, the deputy district attorney, said these would be « an extra deterrent to escape. » Lawmen said they believe Bundy still is thinking about fleeing.
Such restrictions would be « uncalled for, » Kenneth Dresner, Bundy’s lawyer, said.
Judge Lohr began to issue his ruling : Except when there is a jury, Bundy would have to wear coveralls.
Appearing angry, Bundy impetuously leaped to his feet, interrupting the judge with a protest.
« You sit down, please, » the judge said.
Bundy continued to stand and complain.
Judge Lohr told Bundy he was acting as his own counsel in the murder case but was not his own counsel in yesterday’s proceedings. « You either sit down or you’ll be brought back to jail until you’re willing to do so, » the judge said.
Bundy sat down. The judge finished ruling – that Bundy could wear shoes in court.
Under earlier court orders, Bundy must wear ankle chains and handcuffs whenever he is out of his cell. He is also attended by guards.
Only the handcuffs are removed in court. – The Seattle Times, July 30, 1977