Christian Gerhartsreiter, convicted in April for the 1985 murder of LASFSian John Sohus, will be sentenced on August 15. He could receive a sentence of 27 years to life in prison.
In the meantime Gerhartsreiter has let his lawyers go and is conducting his own defense. At a hearing in June the judge refused to delay sentencing while Gerhartsreiter pored over trial transcripts looking for legal errors, saying that would be “a fishing expedition.”
Superior Court Judge George Lomeli explained to the defendant that he must identify specific points he wants to read in the transcripts.”You have to have a theory,” the judge said. “You can’t just look at the transcripts and try to find something.”