By Patsy R. Brumfield
OXFORD – New attorney for J. Everett Dutschke, accused of masterminding a poison-letter scheme to frame another man, asked a federal court today to give him time to prepare a defense.
As he told the Daily Journal earlier this week, Oxford lawyer Ken Coghlan told the U.S. District Court that he needs more time to examine documents and investigate to defend Dutschke.
Coghlan was appointed to represent Dutschke on Tuesday after the federal public defenders asked to withdraw because of a ethical conflict with another client.
Without additional time, the former Tupelo martial arts instructor faces an Oct. 7 trial on charges, that if he’s convicted, could send him to prison for life.
Dutschke maintains he is innocent.
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