Butler County killer's attorney wants off his case
The defense attorney for a New Jersey man who wants to withdraw his no-contest plea in the murders of his Butler County father and stepmother wants off the case.
Attorney Wendy Williams filed papers in Butler County Court Tuesday asking Judge William Shaffer to appoint Colin Abbott new counsel.
Shaffer sentenced Abbott, 42, of Randolph, N.J., last month to between 35 and 80 years in state prison after he pleaded no contest to third-degree murder for the deaths of Kenneth and Celeste Abbott. Their burned bodies were found on their Brady estate in July 2011.
Colin Abbott on March 6 asked the court to let him withdraw his plea, saying he was pressured by the court and Williams to plead on Feb. 26. Abbott faces a hearing Thursday on that motion.
Shaffer had not responded to Williams' motion as of Tuesday afternoon.
Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or email@example.com.
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