Kori Ali Muhammad, who has gone by more than a half dozen different names, has records in Sacramento County Court that date back to 1998. Forgery, false imprisonment, felon carrying a loaded and concealed weapon, domestic violence and a battery conviction.
KFBK Legal Analyst Bill Portanova says it'll be tough to find an attorney capable of mounting a defense for Muhammad. Portanova says they have almost no choice but to focus on Muhammad's mental state.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says Muhammad was coherent when he apologized directly to him for the shootings, which Portanova says will be used in court alongside any later mental health analysis.
"On the day of the murders, those officers that had direct contact with them, you can bet they're recording everything that they can," says Portanova. "To prove as best they can that he was, in fact, in charge of his own faculties at the time because they know where this is going."
Still, Portanova says the kind of behavior Muhammad is accused of, while it might seem crazy, isn't enough for a solid mental health defense.