TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A former convenience store partner is asking the Kansas Supreme Court to let his former lawyer back on his case.
38-year old Monroe Lockhart was in court Tuesday for his eighth first appearance on home invasion and assault charges. He's been without representation since March, when Shawnee Co. District Court Judge Mark Braun disqualified Billy Rork for conflicts of interest.
In a writ of mandamus motion filed Tuesday with the state's high court, Rork argues the conflicts no longer exist since charges against a co-defendant were dropped. He also says Judge Braun erred by not holding a hearing on Rork's request to overturn the disqualification in light of the new circumstances.
Lockhart is due back in court Thursday. However, Rork also filed a separate motion asking that Lockhart's criminal proceedings be stayed while the mandamus motion is considered.
Lockhart was a former managing partner of Mo's Express Convenience Store. The store's manager, Anthony Talbert, was previously charged in the November assault case and had also hired Rork to represent him. Rork was disqualified from representing either man. However, following a preliminary hearing, Judge Braun ruled there was not enough evidence for Talbert to stand trial.