The last time Matthew Daniel Muller had a case in Sacramento federal court, the Harvard-trained defense attorney was handling a deportation matter filed in 2011.
On Monday, the Orangevale man made another appearance, this time as a defendant in a kidnapping case. He sat shackled at his waist and ankles as his parents and friends looked on in shock from the spectator gallery.
Muller, 38, is accused in the bizarre kidnap of a 29-year-old Vallejo woman in March. He made his initial appearance Monday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Allison Claire. He was taken to the Sacramento County Jail afterward and ordered to return to court Oct. 5.