Murder trial delayed after suspect's attorney quits

The lawyer for a man charged in a high-profile murder has dropped out of the case, on the day testimony was supposed to begin in his trial.

A Fayette County judge went ahead Monday morning and let Toby Lasure's lawyer step down, delaying his trial yet again.

The move came as a surprise to Lasure's family, who showed up expecting his trial to start.

Now, he'll have to find a new lawyer and start the defense process from the beginning.

Lasure was arrested in March, 2009 for the murder of his boyfriend, 31-year-old Christopher Tolliver.

Police say Lasure shot and killed Tolliver in the parking lot of Lexington Green, after what police say was a messy break-up.

Since Lasure's arrest, Kate Dunn has been his attorney.

On Monday, during what was supposed to be the start of his trial, Dunn told the judge she had to step down as Lasure's attorney for ethical reasons.

Dunn would not elaborate beyond that, but she says no one is happy it had to happen this way.

"You get to know someone during a year and I wish him the best," Dunn said. "I'm just very disappointed."

When the judge asked Lasure if he could afford another attorney, he shook his head no. An attorney will now be appointed to represent him.

Dunn says she will work with Lasure's new attorney to bring that person up to speed on what she calls a complicated case.

Dunn says it could be months before this murder case is assigned another trial date.



 
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