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Dad accused of capital murder still needs lawyer

Tuesday - 8/13/2013, 12:20pm  ET

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) -- A judge has again delayed a decision on who will represent a Manassas man facing capital murder charges in the death of his 15-month-old son.

Authorities accuse 41-year-old Joaquin Rams of drowning his son, Prince McLeod Rams, to collect a life insurance policy.

Rams' first attorney, Timothy Olmstead, became ineligible to represent him when prosecutors upgraded the charges to capital murder. Olmstead is not certified to try death-penalty cases.

At a hearing Tuesday in Manassas, a judge declined to appoint the capital public defender after he said he was too busy to take the case. Rams has also complained he doesn't trust the public defender.

But the judge also declined to appoint Rams' preferred attorney, saying indigent clients cannot pick their own counsel.

Another hearing has been scheduled for Monday.


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