Published: Sep 28, 2011 1:14 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.   The trial for a woman accused in the death of a 4-year- old in Charlotte County could hit a snag today.
    The attorney for Melissa Harding-Jones is asking a judge to excuse him from the case.
     Harding-Jones is charged with aggravated manslaughter in the 1999 death of Pilar Rodriguez.
    If defense attorney, Robert Barrar , is not allowed to leave the case  he will likely motion to have taxpayers pay for Harding-Jones' defense.