Lawyer Seeks To Withdraw From Representing Suspect In Alcala Murder

Benjamin Anaya
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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.

Benjamin Anaya