Another man confessed to the Chi Omega murders : Howard Anderson took his life after sending a letter confessing to the murders. The letter received by Sheriff Ken Katsaris contained admissions and a few details of the crime not revealed to the press.
Bundy decided to be his own lawyer after his multiple requests to have Millard Farmer to represent him were denied.
Before the trial a survey was conducted to find out if Bundy could have a fair trial : 88.3% gave the name of Theodore Bundy when asked about the Chi Omega case and 71.4% believed he was involved in some way in the Chi Omega murders. Following that survey, Bundy’s trial was moved to Miami.
Emanuel Tanay, who conducted a psychological examination and thought Bundy wasn’t fit to stand trial wanted to take the stand to share his testimony about Bundy’s mental state but it was ruled unnecessary.
Carol DaRonch was set to testify at the trial but both the prosecution and the defense decided a simple reading of the facts was enough.
His prison’s escape was never mentioned during the trial.
Bundy’s lawyer, Robert Haggard, resigned before the end of the trial, and Ed Harvey tried to withdraw from the case as well because he believed Bundy suffered a « debilitating…mental disorder. » Judge Edward Cowart refused Harvey’s resignation.
Bundy’s only worry during his trial was about his mother, « She’s stood up very well, but I worry about her all the time. »
The trial was delayed twice by illness in just one week : once because a member of the jury came down with a cold and a second time when Bundy caught a virus. From the words of Judge Edward Cowart : « It’s a typical Friday the 13th. But if any other counsel feels ill, let me know, I’ve got a square needle at home and I’d like to use it.»
When a defense attorney complained about Cowart holding night sessions to keep the trial on schedule, he adjusted his glasses and replied : « Every minute you’ve been here, I’ve been here, and I’m fresh as a daisy. »
Nita Neary was considered the star witness of the trial but her identification of Bundy only occurred 3 months after the murder and she failed to recognize him when she was first showed a picture. Hypnotist Julian Arroyo put her in a trance to help her remember. She, again, couldn’t picture Bundy but under hypnosis she described and named « Ronnie Eng», who waited on tables at the Sorority House and was later eliminated as a suspect after he passed a polygraph test. 3 months later she eventually pointed at Ted Bundy’s picture from the photographic lineup.
The prosecution called 3 dental experts during the trial and they all agreed about similarities between the bite marks on Miss Levy’s buttocks and models of Bundy’s teeth.
An expert said that the hair found in a pantyhose mask at Cheryl Thomas’ apartment was likely Bundy’s.
One of the jurors wasn’t sure of Bundy’s guilt and admitted voting for his conviction because of the pressure from other members of the jury. She later retracted her comments.
The jury wasn’t impressed by Nita Neary’s testimony but were convinced by the bite mark evidence.
Bundy’s words to Judge Edward Cowart at the end of the trial : « You have shown concern, humor, anger, sometimes a short temper and tolerance. But behind all that robe, you’re still a human being. »