Lawyer Seeks To Withdraw From Representing Suspect In Alcala Murder

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The attorney for one of four people accused in a Topeka woman's murder wants to withdraw from the case.

Benjamin Anaya is charged with first degree murder in the October 2012 death of Ashley Alcala.

Anaya was set for a preliminary hearing Wednesday, but Shawnee County District Court records show attorney James Chappas informed the court he wishes to step down. A hearing on his request is set for next week Thursday, Sept. 12. A new preliminary hearing date may be set at that time.

A trial for Ashley Alcala's husband Manuel and mother-in-law Manuela on first degree murder charges is set to begin October 7. Also charged in the case is Manuel's brother Gabino. He has an October 21 trial date.


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