Archive for Thursday, October 14, 2004

Homicide defendant must keep attorneys

October 14, 2004


— A judge again has refused to provide new attorneys to a man charged in the shooting deaths of five people, or allow him to represent himself.

Darrell L. Stallings, 35, is not capable of representing himself, Wyandotte County District Judge Thomas Boeding said Tuesday. Boeding also rejected a request from Stalling's attorneys, Byron Cerillo and Mary Curtis, to withdraw from the case.

Stallings' trial began this week. He's charged with five counts of capital murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder for the June 2002 deaths of Samantha Sigler, 24, Destiny Wiles, 23, Tameika Jackson, 24, Trina Jennings, 26, and Melvin Montague, 34.

Another man, 28-year-old Errik Harris, faces the same charges, but his trial date has not been set.

"I want the truth to come out, and these lawyers aren't willing to bring out the truth," Stallings told the judge Tuesday.

Cerillo said the relationship between the attorneys and Stallings, whose first defense team was allowed to withdraw from the case in December, is so bad that he would prefer Stallings doesn't sit with them during the trial. He also told Boeding the attorneys have had a tough time preparing for the case because Stallings has refused to meet with an expert witness.

Stallings' original lawyers, Alice Craig-White and Ron Evans, told the judge in December they wanted to withdraw from the case because of a breakdown in communication with their client.

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