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Slaying Suspect Insists Upon Own Attorney

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20
Month
October
Year
1975
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The rnurder trial il i DetYójLmán charged with beating his wife to death in Anti Arbor last April was adjourned untü next month after he heatedly protested ■proceeding wjth the trial today. John B. McGee, 28, who city pólice say I inflicted fatal injuries on his wife, Julia, in her apartment at 3605 Green Briar 1 Blvd? April 14, told Circuit Court Judge Edward D, Deake that the question of an attorney for him is a constitutional issue. 'Tve asked for an indigency hearing, m I When this civil suit is resolved, I'll have i i funds for an attorney, maybe F. Lee i ley if necessary," McGee told Judge Deake. When Deake said he had held two indigency hearings for McGee, the defendant replied: "You've talked to someone on I the phone. I wasn't able to question him. I've been incarcerated for six mohths. I've been disabled for four years." I McGee said he was protesting proceedI ing with the trial which has scheduled to I ., start this morning while the judge and I the prosecutor's office are defendants in I a federal district court suit. Last Thursday McGee, through Detroit attorneys Sheldon Halpern and Bonnie McFadden, filed a civil suit in federal I court. The suit, which named the county Public Defender's office, Deake, County I Prosecutor William F. Délhey and severI al other county officials as defendants, was filed because of the treatment of McGee and others like him by officials and agencies named in the suit, according to Halpern. Public Defender Daniel Bambery said today, however, that the lawsuit was an effort to spring free the money which McGee has but cannot use because it is I tied up in Wayne County Probate Court. I At a hearing on the suit Friday afterI noón before U.S. District Judge Damon I Keith, Mcee's attorneys presented their I arguments for a court order to release I the money to McGee. Keith adjourned ■ the matter to9Oct. 31, said Bambery, to I allow the matter to be resolved, if possiI ble, by meetings between the principáis ■ invWved in -McGee's personal financial I I matters. Appearing at this morning's brief I hearing with McGee was McFadden, who ■ asked that she be appointed by the court I as defense counsel. Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney I Jerome Farmer III protested strongly I the move by McGee and McFadden to I have new counsel appointed for him. McGee, using hand gestures, talked for I several minutes, opposing the beginning I of the trial1 and urging the court to I point him an attorney of his choosing. "I don't want the public defender's I fice," McGee said. I