By NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Christi R. McCoy must continue to represent former Smithville coach Dwight Bowling, even if both of them wish to part ways.
Tuesday, U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr. denied Bowling and McCoy’s motion to appoint him new counsel.
Weeks ago, Oxford attorney McCoy requested the change, saying she and Bowling had lost confidence in each other and she felt he needed another attorney to shepherd a likely appeal for him.
Bowling, 56, is serving a 300-month sentence in a Virginia federal prison for guilty pleas in a sex-with-minors scandal that shook the region’s high school athletics community.
He pleaded guilty to taking minor males across state lines for sex and to trying to convince a now-adult man to lie about their long-term relationship.