A 66-year-old man who has been accused of murdering his wife in Denville, NJ was granted a request for a new private defense attorney in his criminal case.
A judge in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown ruled that the defendant has a right to a private attorney. The defendant’s new attorney will replace an attorney who was retained by the public defender’s office. The defendant filed his request for a new attorney because, he said, his old attorney was unable to devote enough time to his case.
The defendant’s new attorney is already engaged in pre-trial hearings in the case. There is already a pre-trial motion for certain evidence to be excluded from the trial. According to prosecutors, the defendant placed a pig mask on his wife’s face after stabbing her 84 times. The defendant’s attorney wants to exclude any mention of the mask during the trial.
The defendant is accused of murdering his estranged wife when she came back to their shared family home to get her belongings. If the defendant is convicted of first degree murder, he could be sentenced to life in NJ State Prison.
Jury selection in the case is scheduled for June 23. The trial is tentatively scheduled to begin during the first week of July.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Denville Man Accused of Stabbing Wife to Death Gets New Attorney.“
If you are facing homicide or attempted murder charges in New Jersey, contact Morristown NJ criminal defense attorney Travis J. Tormey for a free consultation about your case.