- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A judge has denied the request of a Great Falls man charged with fatally shooting a man to have new legal representation in the case.

Branden Conrad Miesmer had sought new lawyers after pleading guilty to deliberate homicide in March without a plea agreement in the death of 26-year-old Cody Steve Bruyere.

Miesmer had argued that his court-appointed attorneys failed to communicate with him and never obtained a follow-up psychological evaluation after he complained the first test was conducted poorly.

District Judge John Kutzman shot down his argument Monday, determining that the attorneys had communicated with their client and were “perhaps too candid” with him.

Miesmer can still withdraw his guilty plea, but must do so with his current representation.

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