Lawyers For Monroe Lockhart Granted Permission To Withdraw From Case

By: Stephanie Schultz
By: Stephanie Schultz
Monroe Lockhart

Monroe Lockhart


- Judge Mark Braun approved the request of James Brun and Tobi Bitner to withdraw from case

- Cited a rule requiring withdrawl based on existence of undisclosed conflict

- Jury trial was not continued

- Trial still scheduled to begin on October 22

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The lawyers for a suspect in a brutal beating and burning in Topeka, have been allowed to withdraw from the case.

Judge Mark Braun granted permission to James Brun and Tobi Bitner to withdraw from representing 39-year-old Monroe Eugene Lockhart III.

Judge Braun cited a rule requiring withdrawal based on the existence of an undisclosed conflict.

The jury trial was not continued, but a new attorney will be appointed to the case and they will have the opportunity to file a motion to continue.

The trial is still scheduled to begin on October 22.

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