LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Convicted murderer Brian Casey was back in court Thursday morning for a hearing to determine whether or not he could fire his current, court-appointed attorney and represent himself for his second murder trial...or so everyone thought.
Judge Edward Volz, Jr. presided over Brian Casey's first murder trial, so he is very familiar with the defendant. Thursday's hearing, called a faretta hearing, was held because Casey has repeatedly asked if he could fire his attorney, James Ermacora. But when the time came for Casey to state his demand in court, as he has many times in the past, Casey changed the subject and made new demands.
Judge Volz asked Casey about his motion to discharge his 6th attorney.
The judge described to Casey the dangers of representing himself in a murder trial.
During his first murder trial, Casey slapped Ermacora in the face. Thursday, Casey explained that he believes his attorney no longer has his best interests at heart.
Ultimately, Casey's motion was denied. He asked the judge to force Ermacora to visit him more often in jail. The judge refused that as well.