Judge removes public defenders from officer’s death case
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three weeks before the trial is scheduled to begin for a man accused of fatally shooting an Albuquerque police officer, his public defenders have been removed from the case.
A New Mexico judge ruled Friday that the Law Offices of the Public Defender can no longer defend Davon Lymon, who is charged with killing Officer Daniel Webster in 2015.
Prosecutors requested last month to have the public defenders disqualified from the case, citing a conflict of interest because the office had represented Savannah Garcia.
Garcia testified against Lymon during his federal trial in 2016.
Lymon’s attorneys argued that prosecutors should have brought the issue forward sooner.
It is not yet clear who will take over the defense. The ruling states the new attorneys will be given adequate time to prepare.