"Precious Doe" Defendant Gets New Lawyer

1 decade 1 year 6 months ago Friday, March 23 2007 Mar 23, 2007 Friday, March 23, 2007 12:41:15 PM CDT March 23, 2007 in News
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KANSAS CITY - A Jackson County judge agrees to remove one of the lawyers from the death penalty defense team for the man accused of killing the girl once known only as "Precious Doe." Harrell Johnson is charged with first-degree murder in the 2001 death of his stepdaughter, three-year-old Erica Green. He is accused of knocking her unconscious and leaving her untreated for many hours until she died inside a Kansas City home. Police found Erica's decapitated body in a wooded area in April 2001, but she was not identified until 2005. During a hearing yesterday, Johnson repeatedly asked the judge for new lawyers. He also asked to represent himself. One of his lawyers, Janice Zembles, said most of Johnson's problems seemed to be with her. The judge agreed to allow her to withdraw.

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