avoided media by waiving his initial court appearance several
days following his arrest in the downtown King County Jail.
On 12-4-01 Ridgway was
charged with 4 counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of Carol
Ann Christensen, Marcia Fay Chapman,
Cynthia Jean Hinds, and Opal
Charmaine Mills slain in the early 1980s.
The charges carry a sentence
of life in prison without parole or the death penalty.
Prosecutors asked that
Ridgway, a "suspect in over 40 other unsolved
homicides over the last 19 years" who frequently travels out
of state be held without bail or not less than $25 million bail,
Judge Anne Harper determined there was probable cause to detain
Ridgway, without bail.
was held before reporters and photographers, including some from
British Columbia. The courtroom's
sound system failed, so the media was unable to hear anything. A
glass partition separates spectators from the judge, lawyers and
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