Man accused of killing stripper returns defense to lawyers

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Posted: Jun 16, 2015 8:20 PM
Man accused of killing stripper returns defense to lawyers

GRETNA, La. (AP) — A man accused of killing and dismembering a stripper lured from New Orleans' French Quarter has returned his defense to lawyers after one day of cross-examining prosecution witnesses.

After a break caused by technical problems, Judge Stephen Grefer (GREF-er) called court into session without the jury present, saying Terry Speaks had decided against continuing to represent himself.

He asked Speaks whether he understood that he would be the defendant only, and his previously appointed public defenders would represent him. Speaks said yes.

The judge brought jurors back to tell them about Speaks' decision and ended court about 6 p.m.

He had said earlier that court might go as late as 7 p.m. But he told defense attorneys he was giving them time to prepare for their resumed duties.