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Ian Howard returns to court to determine legal representation

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Posted at 1:46 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 14:46:10-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — The man accused of gunning down a Lafayette Police officer returns to court this week to determine who will represent him in his upcoming murder trial after his lead attorney was removed as his legal counsel.

Ian Howard, 30, has a hearing set for June 10 at the Lafayette Parish Courthouse to determine who will represent him in the capital case.

Court record show that Stephen Singer, who had been representing Howard, was terminated from the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center, which is a non-profit organization that contracts with the Louisiana Public Defender Board to provide legal representation to indigent defenders in capital trials.

Howard has two pending cases against him: a first-degree murder case in the Oct. 1, 2017 shooting death of Lafayette Cpl. Michael Middlebrook - for which prosecutors intend to pursue the death penalty - and in a separate case, three charges of attempted first-degree murder that involve the other alleged victims.

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