Springfield public defenders say they're too busy for case

4 months 3 days 7 hours ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 9:12:44 AM CDT October 23, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Missouri State Public Defender's Office in Springfield says it's too busy to handle several cases, including a recent homicide at a mobile home park southwest of the Springfield city limits.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the head of Springfield's public defender office sent a letter last week saying attorneys are carrying excessive caseloads and cannot take on the case of Dameon Clinghan at this time. The 24-year-old Clinghan has been charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 7 killing of Tyler Rambo.

The public defender's office has recently sent similar letters in other southwest Missouricases.

Public defenders elsewhere also are informing judges they can't handle more cases at this time following the suspension of a Columbia public defender who was accused of failing to provide adequate representation.

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