Murder Defendant Simpkins Fires Lawyer, Then Takes Him Back

Shane Simpkins Mug Shot

Shane Simpkins 

I have to confess this is the first time I’ve ever seen a Defendant who fired his attorney take the attorney back in the middle of trial. It is not unusual for Defendants to want to change attorneys late in the game, even during the course of the trial. However, I have never seen a Defendant go back to their old attorney in the middle of the same trial! Shane Simpkins expressed dissatisfaction with his attorney, Steve Smith, yesterday after a cross-examination, but decided to keep him. Things changed this morning, and he fired the attorney, who stayed around as standby counsel. That was a good call, because the court re-appointed Smith to Simpkins for the presentation of the Defense case. NaplesNews.com reporter Jacob Carpenter is live blogging the trial: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2013/mar/14/live-blog-murder-defendant-fires-attorney-represen/

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