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Murder-For-Hire Trial Pushed Back to December after Defendant Hires New Lawyer

Posted by wlpo on September 16, 2016

A man accused of trying to hire a hit-man to kill three witnesses to another crime he’s accused of won’t be standing trial next week as originally planned.

Cody Smith, a homeless man with ties to Peru and LaMoille, appeared in court Friday for what was supposed to be his final pretrial hearing. However, Judge Cynthia Raccuglia would learn Matthew Mueller of Morris was taking over as Smith’s attorney for the three murder-for-hire charges. Mueller requested the trial be pushed back so that he could have time to prepare a defense.

The charges stem from Smith’s alleged attempt to have three witnesses to a sexual assault he supposedly committed killed. He was supposed to stand trial for the alleged assault after the first case is decided.

Judge Raccuglia granted Mueller’s request for an extension. Smith’s trial for these charges was moved to December 12th

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