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Software Technician Delays Plea In Shooting Rampage

March 4, 1988

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ A computer technician charged with killing seven people during a Silicon Valley shooting rampage won’t have to enter a plea for a week, a judge ruled Friday.

Richard Wade Farley was to enter a plea Friday to charges stemming from the Feb. 9 shooting at ESL Inc., a defense contractor in Sunnyvale. Judge Hugh Mullin III granted an extension at the request of Farley’s lawyer, Gregory C. Paraskou, who said he needed more time to review 600 pages of police reports.

Farley was expressionless throughout the brief proceeding.

Prosecutor Alan Nudelman has indicated he will seek the death penalty for Farley, who allegedly escalated a fantasy love affair with an engineer into a six-hour siege, shooting his way through the halls of ESL. Seven people died and five others were hurt.

Farley is not likely to claim insanity, Nudelman said.

″It’s a murder case that’s going to be tried in a very, very direct fashion, without a lot of reference to insanity,″ Nudelman said. ″I don’t think (defense) counsel is really intending to interpose in it an insanity defense.

″I don’t see a lot of psychiatrists coming in to tell us about Twinkies and things like that,″ he added.

Nudelman was referring to the defense used by Dan White, who claimed his eating of junk food led to a diminished capacity when he killed San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.

Paraskou said he has spoken with Farley several times but would not discuss what they talked about or whether he was considering an insanity plea.

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