Frustrated by his inability to get a Portuguese court translator fluent in his native Brazilian dialect, Marcos Costa, the man facing murder charges in the Angeles Crest Highway runaway truck crash that killed two people last year, asked a judge on Tuesday for a Spanish alternative.
A native of Brazil who has relied on a Portuguese court translator while acting as his own attorney in defending against murder charges that could send him to prison for life, Costa told a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Tuesday that he'd prefer to proceed to trial with a Spanish translator instead.
The language issue came up during a pretrial hearing at the Pasadena courthouse in which Deputy Dist. Atty. Carolina Lugo produced thousands of pages of police reports and court transcripts, as well as hundreds of accident scene photographs for Costa to review in preparing for his own defense while behind bars.