April 13, 2024

Chad Daybell’s attorney files to withdraw from case due to lack of funds

FREMONT COUNTY, Idaho — The attorney representing Chad Daybell has filed to withdraw from the upcoming murder case Friday.

According to court documents obtained by KSL, John Prior, Daybell’s attorney, says his client has been declared indigent by the court and can no longer afford his services.

“Mr. Daybell does not have the ability to pay for counsel’s continued services and Mr. Daybell seeks the appointment of two capital qualified attorneys to present him in this matter,” the motion stated.

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In the motion, Prior said Daybell’s case is extraordinarily complex, and since the prosecution is seeking the death penalty, Daybell requires counsel to prepare for two trials.

“Reflecting this complexity and the work required to prepare and try this case, this Court has set aside two full months for a trial, and the prosecution team consists of no less than five attorneys from two county offices, including an out-of-state attorney hired at taxpayer expense,” the motion states.

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Prior said the Daybell’s counsel would have to work “more than full-time, for more than four months without compensation and without the assistance of any other counsel.”

Read the full story and more from Michael Houck on ksltv.com

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