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Man accused of kidnapping fires attorney

By Bethany Knipp

A man accused of theft and kidnapping crimes fired his court-appointed attorney Monday.

Jerred Snyder, 30, appeared in Riley County District Court, asking Judge John Bosch to grant a motion to terminate his defense attorney, Larry McRell, from his two cases.

In one case, Snyder faces kidnapping, aggravated robbery and theft charges in connection with an April 6 incident during which he allegedly brandished a gun and forced Richard Rothfuss, 69, of Junction City to drive from the Shop Quik on Anderson Avenue to Marlatt Avenue.

Prosecutors allege Snyder tied Rothfuss up and left with his truck.

In his second case, Snyder is accused of stealing and later pawning several items owned by Dianna Philippi, 61, of Manhattan. Snyder was reportedly a tenant of one of the bedrooms in her home.

He faces two counts of theft and one count of making false information in that case.

Snyder told Bosch that his reason for wanting to fire McRell was that Snyder hadn’t been presented with all the evidence against him so that he could make an informed decision about filing a plea.

Snyder also said that McRell wasn’t available all of last week to answer questions he had about his two cases, with impending jury trials in August and September.

McRell had taken a vacation, leaving his investigator in contact with Snyder.

“It’s the rest of my life that I’m making a decision about, and I didn’t feel that I needed to make it within a week’s time period without my lawyer available to answer questions for me to make a decision, sir,” Snyder said to Bosch.

McRell said that Snyder had been presented with the evidence. Snyder said that he was presented with it a couple months ago and wanted to go over it again.

Snyder said he also didn’t agree with the way McRell wanted to present his defense.

Bosch initially denied the motion filed by McRell to withdraw, saying he didn’t see that there was a real conflict, which had to be justified under language from the Sixth Amendment.

But after further discussion, Bosch granted the motion “reluctantly,” he said, telling Snyder he didn’t “want to see this happen again.”

Bosch told Snyder he will be appointed a new attorney at 10:30 a.m. on Monday.

Snyder’s trials are scheduled for Aug. 27 in the theft case and Sept. 2 in the kidnapping and robbery case.

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