A California man charged in the killing a rookie Sacramento police officer made his first court appearance wearing a gauze pad covering what officials say was a self-inflicted injury.
Adel Ramos was appointed a public defender during Monday’s five-minute hearing. He spoke only to acknowledge his name and did not enter a plea.
Jail officials said Ramos is being watched around the clock in a barren cell after smacking his head Sunday against his bunk frame.
The 45-year-old Ramos faces a murder charge that could bring him the death penalty in the killing of 26-year-old Officer Tara O’Sullivan.
He’s also charged with attempting to kill her training officer and with possessing two illegal assault-style rifles.
Assistant Public Defender Diane Howard declined comment, as did Police Chief Daniel Hahn.
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