- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

EASTON, Pa. (AP) - A man who wants to act has his own attorney in a death penalty murder case in eastern Pennsylvania has been ordered to have a psychiatric evaluation before he will be allowed to fire his attorneys.

Twenty-six-year-old Jeffrey Knoble of Riegelsville is charged in Northampton County in the March death of 32-year-old Andrew “Beep” White. Authorities call the victim a “good Samaritan” who rented a Quality Inn room for Knoble because he had no place to stay.

Knoble earlier sought to fire his public defenders, complaining that they were urging him to accept a plea bargain calling for life without parole. He now wants to represent himself, but Judge Emil Giordano told him Wednesday that he recommended against that idea. Jury selection is scheduled to begin May 31.

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