Attorney Says Two Defendants Know Nothing About Homicide

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The attorney for two men questioned in a northeast Kansas homicide say the men know nothing about the crime.

Monroe Lockhart III and Anthony Talbert Jr. were in court on Thursday (3/1), what was scheduled to be their preliminary hearing in an assault case.

Prosecutors say the two, and a third defendant, Jacob Barnett, assaulted two people in a mobile home park last November.

Prosecutors filed a motion to disqualify Billy Rork as the defense attorney, because court documents say the state may make a deal with Talbert in exchange for testimony, which could create a conflict of interest.

Rork says Talbert and Lockhart, former Mo's Express convenience store manager and developer, respectively, know nothing about the murder of developer Corey Brown.

Brown was found murdered in January, in Douglas County.

The preliminary hearing was delayed Thursday, and Judge Mark Braun will hear the motion to disqualify Rork on March 8th.

Judge Braun is allowing strictly social media coverage of the case, no photos or video. Live tweeting is allowed. Braun says he's trying to balance the defendant's rights with the rights of public and media access, in the face of changing reporting capabilities. Braun says it's an experiment to see the impact of social media in the courtroom, whether it's a distraction, and what possible consequences could be.