THE BRONX - The man accused of killing a homeless shelter director appeared in court Thursday after failing two show on two prior dates.

West Spruill, 39, is accused of murdering Ana Charle as she left work at the Project Renewal Homeless Shelter for Men. Spruill appeared before a judge and said he wants to represent himself in the case.

The judge denied Spruill's request. His attorney Cesar Gonzales will remain on the case until the court determines whether he is fit to represent himself.

Police say Spruill was once a resident of the homeless shelter where Charle worked. They say he is a convicted felon.

Spruill's attorney says he expects his client to be indicted on second-degree murder charges. Spruill is due back in court May 26.