Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Question of Replacing Attorney for Murder Defendant Up in Air

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Question of Replacing Attorney for Murder Defendant Up in Air

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A Shawnee County District Court judge on Monday gave a defendant charged with murder and his defense attorney four days to talk over whether he wants the attorney to withdraw from his case.

Defendant Troy Allen Robinson, 25, of Topeka, next will appear in court Friday. As of Monday, Robinson's trial is to start June 23.

Robinson is charged with felony first-degree murder in the slaying on Dec. 18, 2012, of Oma "Shannon" Bennett, 43, and aggravated burglary.

Robinson had submitted a written request to District Court Judge Nancy Parrish asking defense attorney Julia Spainhour to withdraw from the case.

Spainhour told Parrish on Monday she wanted to talk to her client about some information she had just received in the case. Spainhour didn't specify what the information was.

Spainhour is at least the second attorney appointed to represent Robinson. Spainhour had replaced an earlier attorney who learned she had a conflict of interest and had to get off the case. …

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