A bailiff briefly wheeled Ryan Christopher Morales into a Stockton courtroom Monday morning for the second time since being arrested on suspicion of killing six members of a Lodi family in a car crash last month.
Morales, who was scheduled to be arraigned on more than a dozen criminal charges, including six counts of murder, will again appear in court on Dec. 16 after his court-appointed attorney Sam Behar asked for the arraignment to be postponed.
Like his first court appearance last Wednesday, Morales appeared with one leg in a thick cast and wearing a red jumpsuit, signifying he is a high-risk inmate. On Monday, though, Morales had a large red mark on his cheek under his right eye.
The 28-year-old Lodi man stayed in the courtroom in front of San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Franklin Stephenson for less than five minutes.
Outside the courtroom, Behar declined to comment when asked why he requested a continuance.