Ted Bundy doesn't want to talk to Salt Lake County law enforcement officials.
"We've heard that," said Charles J. Shepherd, chief deputy sheriff for Salt Lake County. "He's playing little games down there, it seems like."Shepherd said Detective Dennis Couch will leave for Florida Thursday anyway, just in case the convicted murderer changes his mind and decides to talk.
"We're going to be available. We feel we owe it to the victims' families," Shepherd said Thursday morning.
In another development Thursday, Bundy's attorneys were preparing new appeals requesting a new trial based on information that trial judge Wallace Jopling breached judicial ethics by reviewing Bundy's insanity defense before it was introduced into evidence. A defense attorney was not present, but prosecutors were during the informal review.
The judge later threw out the insanity defense.
Salt Lake officials have long counted on an interview with Bundy - a University of Utah law student during 1974 - hoping he would clear up questions about the disappearances of Nancy Wilcox, 17, Holladay; Debbie Kent, 17, Bountiful; and Nancy Baird, 23, Layton.
Bundy is also believed responsible for the slayings of Melissa Smith, 17, Midvale, and Laura Anne Aime, 17, of Salem, both of whom disappeared in October 1974.
Some of Bundy's associates, including an attorney and his "spiritual adviser," John Tanner, have contacted Florida Gov. Bob Martinez.
"We've heard from other people that he was ready to talk but that he needs more time," said Jon Peck, Martinez's press secretary.
On Tuesday, Martinez signed Bundy's fourth death warrant and dated it Jan. 24th, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a defense claim that Bundy was incompetent when he was tried for the 1978 kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.
Martinez rejected Bundy's request to push back his execution date.
"The rendezvous with the electric chair will be next Tuesday at 7 a.m. You don't negotiate with a murderer," Martinez said.
"Now he's wanting to talk to law enforcement people that he toyed with for years as they tried to gain information from him," Martinez said.
"For him to be negotiating for his life over the bodies of victims is despicable.
Bundy's attorneys have apparently offered a deal in which Bundy would reveal details about all of his killings - believed to be 36 - if the state would delay the execution three more years.
"He has manipulated the system in this state and this nation for almost 11 years, and now he's trying to manipulate in a different way," answered Martinez.
"He has basically lied through the entire process, and why anyone would believe he would tell the truth this time is beyond me."
James Coleman Jr., Bundy's defense attorney, said Tuesday he planned to file an appeal in either state or federal court.
Bundy has also been sentenced to death for killing two women in a Florida State University sorority house in Tallahassee three weeks previous to the Leach murder.
He has been linked to some 36 murders or disappearances of young women in Utah, Colorado and Washington.
He was convicted of aggravated kidnapping for the attempted Nov. 8, 1974, abduction of Carol DaRonch, 19, of Murray.