TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A former convenience store partner accused in a breakin and beating is in the process of hiring an attorney.
Monroe Lockhart was in Shawnee County Court Tuesday and told the judge his family was hiring new counsel for him. Lockhart originally requested court-appointed counsel but withdrew when questions arose about whether he qualified as indigent.
Lockhart will be back in court April 19th to set a preliminary hearing on charges he entered a woman's southeast Topeka home last November beat her and ordered her burned with a knife.
Co-defendant Jacob Barnett has testified against Lockhart. Barnett's trial is set for May 29th.
A third man, Anthony Talbert, also was charged in the case, but Judge Mark Braun declined to bind him over for trial following a preliminary hearing, saying witnesses failed to place him at the scene.
Lockhart was the managing partner and Talbert the manager of the former Mo's Express Convenience Store in Hudson Crossing. The developer of the property, Corey Brown, was found dead in January. No one has been charged in his death.