LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A man accused of murdering a Lexington doctor outside of her practice went back in front of a judge today, this time with a new attorney.
Despite the change in representation Judge James Ishmael Jr. said he expects Marty Roe's case to go to trial on time.
Roe was introduced to his temporary public defender before the status hearing this morning. The lawyer who will represent him in court, Shannon Brooks-English, is on maternity leave until October. She's represented Roe before, after he was charged with murdering Dr. Martha Post outside of her practice last September.
In May Roe hired private council but at a hearing last week he asked Judge Ishmael to allow him to fire those private attorneys.
"There had been a breakdown in trust between the attorneys and Mr. Roe," Judge Ishmael said in court this morning.
Roe told the court he had used all of the money he had gathered for those attorneys and needed a public defender again.
His trial is scheduled to start January 22nd of next year and Judge Ishmael said he had every intention of sticking to that date.
Roe's defense was given more time to file a notice of mental illness if they choose to. He will be back in court for another status hearing on the 28th of September.
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