Lawyers for suspect in Ohio cop’s slaying want off case

Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell, was found dead near the municipal building in the village.

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — Two attorneys appointed to represent a man accused of fatally shooting a central Ohio policeman are asking to withdraw from the potential death penalty case.

Bruce Malek and Brandon Crunkilton told the court that it’s not feasible for them to continue representing Herschel Ray Jones III because of issues that have arisen. Malek told the Mount Vernon News (http://bit.ly/1OCu8hk ) that he wouldn’t discuss specifics of those issues.

An attorney from the Ohio public defender’s office also is representing Jones.

Jones is accused of shooting 34-year-old Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell. He has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges in Knox County.

Cottrell’s body was found behind the village’s municipal building Jan. 17, after Jones’ ex-girlfriend warned police that Jones was “looking to kill a cop.”

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Information from: Mount Vernon News, http://www.mountvernonnews.com

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