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Special public defender wants off Ammar Harris case

Denise Wong

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Special public defender wants off Ammar Harris case

CREATED Oct. 28, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The man accused of killing three people earlier this year on the Las Vegas Strip may be getting a new attorney.

The special public defender assigned to represent Ammar Harris said he wants off the case.

The Special Public Defender's Office represents defendants accused of serious crimes that can not afford an attorney. They handle mostly murder cases.

A hearing is scheduled for Monday morning to consider the request.

David Shieck has not said publicly why he wants to removed from the case.

Ammar Harris is accused of killing three people on the Strip in February.

Prosecutors said Harris shot Kenneth Cherry Jr. as the two drove down the Las Vegas Strip in separate cars.

Cherry then crashed into a taxi, which went up in flames and killed the two people inside.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Harris.

The murder trial was supposed to start in December but if Harris gets a new attorney, that may change the Dec. 2 start date of the trial.

Harris was found guilty last month of raping and robbing a woman in June 2010.

Prosecutors are opposing the withdrawal of Harris' attorney.

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