Leo Crockwell, who represented himself during his trial at Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s, sat in the prisoner’s dock Thursday as the judge gave jurors final instructions before deliberations began. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram
On his first day appearing for Leo Crockwell, Crockwell's fifth lawyer has stepped down.
When the case was called this morning in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St, John's, Mike King, who was retained last month, told Justice Robert LeBlanc there has been a breakdown in their client-solicitor relationship.
Crockwell, 57, told the judge that it was because King did not want to proceed with his stay of proceedings application, which was filed before Crockwell's trial by one of his former lawyers.
LeBlanc encouraged Crockwell to get a hew lawyer, but told Crockwell that the hearing to argue the application will be heard Nov. 26 whether he has a lawyer or not.
Crockwell of Bay Bulls was convicted this summer of four charges stemming from an eight-day standoff that happened almost two years ago.
He had previously been represented by former legal aid lawyer Lori Marshall, now a provincial court judge. Crockwell obtained the services of King after Marshall was appointed to the bench.
Crockwell represented himself in his seven-week jury trial, in which he was found guilty of assaulting his sister with a gun, using a weapon in the commission of a crime, carelessly using a firearm and mischief by interfering with property.
He was acquitted on one count of uttering threats to his sister.
Marshall came on board shortly after the trial in late June to handle Crockwell's sentencing and applications.
She was Crockwell's fourth legal counsel at the time.
Crockwell had initially been represented by Rosellen Sullivan. When Sullivan withdrew, Bob Buckingham took over, but he, too, backed out shortly after being retained. Ken Mahoney was then hired, but Crockwell fired him just days after the trial got underway.
See full coverage in Tuesday’s Telegram.