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Judge rejects another delay in murder trial

Superior Telegram The murder trial of Dallas Eugene Robinson remained on Judge George Glonek's calendar for next week, but who will defend him was in question Monday following a hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court.Robinson, 20, who faces a ch...

Superior Telegram The murder trial of Dallas Eugene Robinson remained on Judge George Glonek’s calendar for next week, but who will defend him was in question Monday following a hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court.Robinson, 20, who faces a charge of party to felony murder for his role in the 2014 shooting death of Garth Velin, was seated beside Tracy Eichhorn-Hicks, an attorney from St. Louis Park, Minn., retained by the Robinson family. Attorney Robert Thorson of Chippewa Falls, who has been representing Robinson since August, was on the phone. Thorson took over the defense when Robinson fired another defense attorney, Craig Haukaas, days before a scheduled trial. “At this point, it’s remaining on the calendar for next Tuesday,” Glonek told the court. “You gentlemen will have to figure out who’s trying it.”Although he had no objection to a change of attorneys, neither had given a justification for the swap, the judge said.“I’m telling you now,” Eichhorn-Hicks said. He said that “It’s clear to me my client and his prior attorney came to an impasse.” While being represented by Thorson, Robinson accepted a plea deal, offering to testify truthfully at the trial of two remaining co-defendants in exchange for a lesser charge attempted armed robbery. Eichhorn-Hicks said following the January jury trial of co-defendant Kyham Lavon Dunn, in which Dunn was found not guilty of party to murder, Robinson’s family chose to retain an attorney of his own. Instead of heading for a guilty plea, Eichhorn-Hicks said, Robinson wants an attorney who will fight for him.Robinson has changed attorneys on the eve of trial before, Glonek said.“This feels like a delay tactic again,” the judge said.Thorson, who appeared by phone, said he had already handed over the file to Eichhorn-Hicks. The St. Louis Park attorney told the court he intended to request a continuance.This is the fourth trial that has been scheduled for Robinson, the judge said, and he’s already on his second lawyer. Based on the timeliness of the request, the timing, the lack of reason and inconvenience to the court, Glonek denied it.“At this point I don’t see a basis for a continuance so the matter remains on the calendar for next Tuesday,” he said.Superior Telegram
Superior TelegramThe murder trial of Dallas Eugene Robinson remained on Judge George Glonek’s calendar for next week, but who will defend him was in question Monday following a hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court.Robinson, 20, who faces a charge of party to felony murder for his role in the 2014 shooting death of Garth Velin, was seated beside Tracy Eichhorn-Hicks, an attorney from St. Louis Park, Minn., retained by the Robinson family. Attorney Robert Thorson of Chippewa Falls, who has been representing Robinson since August, was on the phone. Thorson took over the defense when Robinson fired another defense attorney, Craig Haukaas, days before a scheduled trial. “At this point, it’s remaining on the calendar for next Tuesday,” Glonek told the court. “You gentlemen will have to figure out who’s trying it.”Although he had no objection to a change of attorneys, neither had given a justification for the swap, the judge said.“I’m telling you now,” Eichhorn-Hicks said. He said that “It’s clear to me my client and his prior attorney came to an impasse.” While being represented by Thorson, Robinson accepted a plea deal, offering to testify truthfully at the trial of two remaining co-defendants in exchange for a lesser charge attempted armed robbery. Eichhorn-Hicks said following the January jury trial of co-defendant Kyham Lavon Dunn, in which Dunn was found not guilty of party to murder, Robinson’s family chose to retain an attorney of his own. Instead of heading for a guilty plea, Eichhorn-Hicks said, Robinson wants an attorney who will fight for him.Robinson has changed attorneys on the eve of trial before, Glonek said.“This feels like a delay tactic again,” the judge said.Thorson, who appeared by phone, said he had already handed over the file to Eichhorn-Hicks. The St. Louis Park attorney told the court he intended to request a continuance.This is the fourth trial that has been scheduled for Robinson, the judge said, and he’s already on his second lawyer. Based on the timeliness of the request, the timing, the lack of reason and inconvenience to the court, Glonek denied it.“At this point I don’t see a basis for a continuance so the matter remains on the calendar for next Tuesday,” he said.Superior Telegram

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