POSTED: 7:34 pm PDT June 6, 2006
LOS ANGELES -- Lawyers for convicted serial killer Richard Ramirez, who left satanic symbols at murder scenes and forced victims to "swear to Satan," has asked the California Supreme Court to overturn his death sentence.
Authorities said it's a coincidence the hearing for Ramirez, called the "Night Stalker," was held on 6/6/06.
The numbers 666 have long represented evil or "the sign of the beast," based on the Bible.
Ramirez's lawyers said he wasn't properly defended at trial. Historically, judges have intervened when court-appointed attorneys failed to adequately represent defendants.
Ramirez was sentenced to death in 1989 for 13 murders and is on death row at San Quentin.