Prosecutors have charged a man with murder in the death of a 15-year-old girl with the special circumstance that the slaying was committed during a rape or attempted rape.

Gerardo Rodriguez, 23, faces the death penalty if convicted. His arraignment Thursday was postponed one week at the request of a deputy public defender.

Rodriguez wore paper clothing during the brief hearing, an indication he is on suicide watch. He at first appeared confused when asked if he could afford an attorney, but after further questioning he asked that he be represented by the Public Defender's office.

He remains held without bail. 

Rodriguez is accused of killing Stacy Duke, whose body was found Monday evening in a garage in the 3000 block of Dore Drive. Police detained Rodriguez at the scene and arrested him. 

Authorities have not said how Duke was killed. An autopsy was set to be performed Wednesday. 

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he appears insane...but m not advocating saving him

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