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Murder suspect demands to represent self

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Michael Lee Crane Michael Lee Crane
PHOENIX -

The man accused of killing a Paradise Valley couple then setting their home on fire returned to court Wednesday.

Michael Crane had plenty to say.

He wants to fire his lawyers and says his arrest was unlawful.

Michael Crane was found competent to stand trial in June but in court the murder suspect raised his voice to a Maricopa County judge and said he's frustrated with the legal process.

"I am a sovereign man I am a man of flesh and blood," he proclaimed.

32-year-old Michael Crane argued that the courts have no right to determine his fate.

"This is simple I am not bound by your rules regulations statutes codes and procedures and your rules."

Police believe he and an accomplice murdered cigar salesman Bruce Gaudet at his Phoenix condo on January 26.

Detectives believe days later he shot and killed Glenna and Lawrence Shapiro before burning down their home.

Wednesday Crane claimed that the court has the wrong man because paperwork displayed his name in all capital letters.

"Right here it says in all capitalization… that's not how I spell my name," he said.

He even told Judge Warren Granville how to display his name properly.

"Capital m lower case i-c-h-a-e-l."

Crane has been charged with 15 counts including first degree murder, kidnapping, burglary and arson of an occupied structure. He requested to represent himself.

"Once again I never hired these attorneys we have no contract, no standing contract ok."

Judge Granville told Crane he's taking all of his comments into consideration before deciding whether or not he may represent himself.

As sheriff's deputies escorted the suspect out of the courtroom, Crane asked a question about the victims: "Who is the injured party your honor?"

Crane is due back in court September 18th.

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