On October 3rd, 1978, Ted Bundy asked Judge Rudd that the trial be delayed five months. The prosecution protested, reminding Rudd that Bundy had said just a week before that he was ready to go to trial.
“I seem to get a bit overconfident, cocky, if you will, being locked in solitary day after day,” Bundy said. “In reading the state’s evidence I got a bit overconfident. I didn’t see anything there. Mr. Farmer said I better get down to business.” Bundy held out the hem of his suit jacket.
“Mr. Farmer gave me this coat yesterday,” Bundy said. “He said any time I get overconfident to think of him.”
“The defendant has done nothing, taken no deposition, filed no motions,” assistant state attorney Larry Simpson said. “He has done absolutely nothing except come in here and say he is unprepared. The good people of Leon County have been living with this thing for more than seven months. Witnesses and jurors have been summoned.”
“The fact is,” Bundy said, “I’m on trial for my life. A few expense vouchers, the passion of this county, will not stop me from exercising my right to organize a defense.”
Rudd stared down at Bundy, thinking one word: appeal. The judge called a five-minute recess. He returned twenty-four minutes later.
“I am not convinced the defense acted in good faith,” Rudd said. “But to avoid the possibility of a retrial in event of conviction, this court is going contrary to its better instincts and judgement. This court is going to reset this trial for December 4th, 1978.” Rudd turned to Bundy.
“I again offer you the services of a public defender,” Rudd said.
Bundy shook his head. Rudd ordered the clerk to read off the first fifty names on the list of jurors and have them report for regular duty in the morning. The others would be called when Bundy came to trial.
“Oh no,” the fiftieth juror on the list, a woman named Eva, said. “I don’t get to be on the Bundy case.”
“This isn’t the Chattanooga choo-choo,” Bundy said as Rudd exited. “This is the Tallahassee express.”
Three camera crews were waiting when the deputies led Bundy out of the courthouse to the paddy wagon.
“Say hello to Millie Farmer for me,” Bundy said, “because he’s a good man. Right now, I’m relying on the man I know best. Ted Bundy.” – Rolling Stone, December 1978