Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Heinze Gets Hearing to Keep Lawyer; Accused of Murders, He's Fighting Attorney's Request to Withdraw

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Heinze Gets Hearing to Keep Lawyer; Accused of Murders, He's Fighting Attorney's Request to Withdraw

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Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI

BRUNSWICK - Guy Heinze Jr., who faces the death penalty if convicted of murdering his father and seven others last year, will tell a judge next month why she should force his lead defense lawyer to stay on his case.

Chief Superior Court Judge Amanda F. Williams will conduct a hearing at 11 a.m. Feb. 14 to listen to Heinze's objections to Joseph W. Vigneri's request to withdraw from his legal team.

Late Wednesday, Williams scheduled the hearing that the law requires.

In a motion filed Dec. 27, Vigneri of the Georgia Capital Defender's Office, asked Williams to allow him to withdraw from Heinze's legal team - triggering an objection from Heinze.

A senior staff trial lawyer, Vigneri said in his motion asking to withdraw that he no longer is able to represent Heinze because he was reassigned to the capital defender's central office in Atlanta effective Nov. 1.

Vigneri had been working in the defender's Brunswick regional office when he was assigned Heinze's case last year. …

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