Brian Murphy appeared in court with a bruise around his eye and a puzzling request for the judge.
"Is it possible for me to represent myself?" he asked.
The judge didn't think that was the best idea.
"I'll tell you what, Brian. I am going to appoint the public defender. I think these are charges for which you can be sentenced to life in prison," he said.
The weekend security guard at the Atria at Evergreen Woods assisted living facility is charged in the gruesome attacks of two elderly residents.
Detectives said he showed up Thursday morning and entered the rooms of 88-year-old Miriam Lepp and 83-year-old Joseph Giambrone, then beat them with a heavy car jack.
"When the deputies arrived, they located his vehicle in the parking lot still running. So it is our belief he got right from his own vehicle," said Denise Moloney with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
Murphy was charged with two counts of attempted 1st-degree murder with a deadly weapon and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The judge denied bond.
But one question remains unanswered. Why?
"At this time we don't know what his intentions were when he went in there," Moloney said.
Mike Estridge lives across the street from Murphy's parents.
"I guess something just maybe entered his mind wrong that night," he said.
Estridge said just hours before the attack, he saw Murphy arguing with his mom.
"I just wish he wouldn't have done it and I can't figure it out but somebody like that may need help," he said.
Now his thoughts turn to those Murphy was meant to protect.
"I just hate that it happened," he said.
Giambrone and Lepp remain in critical condition.
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