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Convicted murderer puts the brakes on sentencing by asking for new lawyer

Jerrico Lindsey Jerrico Lindsey
Circuit Judge Steven Alm Circuit Judge Steven Alm
Deputy prosecutor Darrell Wong Deputy prosecutor Darrell Wong
Lindsey with attorney William Harrison Lindsey with attorney William Harrison

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The lawyer-dumping trend in high-profile criminal cases on Oahu continued Monday. This time, the unhappy client was the man convicted two months ago of murdering a suspected drug dealer in Kaneohe.

Jerrico Lindsey waited until sentencing to ask for a new attorney. Prosecutors arrived at court prepared to ask for a sentence of life in prison plus 85 years.

Convicted killer Jerrico Lindsey stood next to his lawyer, hoping it would be for the last time.

"I would orally move to withdraw from the case," William Harrison, defense attorney, said.

Lindsey says he wanted his attorney to file certain motions after his trial wrapped up in October. One of those motions could be a request for a new trial.

"I asked for the motion to be filed within the proper time before the deadline," Lindsey said. "He wasn't able to do it."

A jury found the defendant guilty of murder, kidnapping, robbery, burglary, and four firearms offenses. Prosecutors say a plot to steal drugs and money from Benjamin Grajeda turned deadly in May 2007.

The 27-year-old victim was gunned down in the middle of Kaneohe Bay Drive as he tried to run away from his captors. William Freeman and Reginald Pettway have already been sentenced to 10 years in prison for their roles.

"I'm getting the drift, as far as, he's making complaints about a variety of things," Circuit Judge Steven Alm said to Harrison.

"A variety of things, yes," the lawyer replied.

For the murder, Lindsey faces a life term in prison with a mandatory minimum of 20 years because a gun was used. Prosecutors arrived for the hearing prepared to ask for an additional 85-year sentence for the other counts.

"Your honor, well, I'm going to object for the record," Darrell Wong, deputy prosecutor, said. "We are ready to proceed."

The judge cautioned Lindsey about using any stall tactics.

"It can't just be something that, you know, puts off the inevitable," Alm said.

He then granted the request for a new attorney, forcing a delay in the sentencing.

"Will I have the proper time to file these motions?" Lindsey asked.

"We will get an attorney on this as soon as possible," the judge replied.

Sentencing is now scheduled for February 1st.

Lindsey is the third high-profile defendant in about a month to fire his or her attorney.

Two weeks ago, Sandra Maloney, charged in the beating death of a peacock in Makaha, replaced her lawyer after a judge refused to throw out her case. She's now set to go to trial next month for animal cruelty.

Last month, a driver accused of a deadly hit-and-run crash in Waipahu abruptly dumped his lawyer. Siaosi Feleunga is also scheduled to go to trial in January for allegedly killing motorcyclist Lindsay Kane.

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