- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A judge has removed another public defender from the case of a Burleigh County murder suspect.

Christopher Vick has pleaded not guilty in the May 2013 death of his 62-year-old mother, Alice Vick. He asked Judge Bruce Romanick for a new attorney, and defense attorney Kerry Rosenquist also asked to be taken off the case.

Romanick expressed hesitation during a Feb. 24 hearing, saying he’d made a mistake in letting Vick’s first attorney go. But the Bismarck Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1F9ueDO ) Romanick has agreed to take Rosenquist off the case, citing Vick’s “obvious inability” to work with the attorney.

Romanick also ordered Vick undergo a mental evaluation.

Vick is serving a 20-year sentence after pleading guilty in a related case to the attempted murder and felonious restraint of his brother’s fiancée.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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