Rockefeller impostor wants to represent self

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Defendant Christian Gerhartsreiter from Germany, listens to prosecutor during his murder trial at Los Angeles Superior Court on March 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Gerhartsreiter, the alleged Rockefeller impostor is accused of killing his landllord, John Sohus in February 1985.

The Rockefeller impostor convicted of the cold-case murder of a California man has asked for a new role as attorney representing himself for sentencing.

Christian Gerhartsreiter made a brief court appearance Thursday to lodge his request. His lawyers were on the phone from Boston. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Lomeli took the request under submission and delayed sentencing from June 26 to Aug. 15.

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A jury found that Gerhartsreiter, who lived briefly in California in the 1980s, killed John Sohus, a 27-year-old computer programmer who was the son of the defendant's landlady. Sohus and his new wife, Linda, vanished in 1985. No trace of her has been found.

The defendant went by many names, including Clark Rockefeller. He could face 25 years to life in prison.

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