A hearing on a motion filed by convicted child killer Steven Ault ended abruptly Sunday when the death row inmate refused to take his prescribed psychiatric medicine.
The decision by Ault clearly exasperated Broward Judge Marc Gold, who had scheduled the rare Sunday courtroom session after a question about whether Ault was properly medicated led to a postponement of a court appearance Friday.
"Then send him back to where he came from, and have a good day," Gold barked Sunday morning after Ault said he would not cooperate, even after a jail nurse was brought in to oversee the procedure.
Ault, 45, has said he wants to fire his attorney and volunteer to be executed. But he has wavered before on what he wants.
"It is hard to know what he wants," his attorney, Rachel Day, said after the 30-minute court session. "He has changed his mind before."
Ault is being held in Union Correctional Institution after being convicted in 1999 of raping and murdering 11-year-old DeAnn Emerald Mu'min and murdering her 7-year-old sister, Alicia Sybilla Jones, in Fort Lauderdale in 1996.
Ault used the promise of Halloween candy to lure the girls to his apartment on their way home from school. Ault had befriended the girls' mother, Donna Jones, at the campground in Oakland Park's John Easterlin Park, where she lived with the girls. After taking the girls to his Fort Lauderdale apartment, Ault raped DeAnn in front of her sister, then strangled both girls and hid their bodies in the attic.
After the original jury recommended the death penalty, Gold sentenced Ault to death. But the sentence was overturned in 2003 by the Florida Supreme Court, which ruled that Gold erred in dismissing a potential juror who expressed opposition to the death penalty.
Four years later, another jury again recommended the death penalty. And again, Gold sentenced Ault to die.