BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Guy Heinze Jr., who faces the death penalty if convicted of murdering his father and seven others in a Brunswick mobile home last year, is asking a judge to force his lead defense lawyer to stay on his case.
Joseph W. Vigneri of the Georgia Capital Defender's Office has asked Chief Superior Court Judge Amanda F. Williams to allow him to withdraw from Heinze's legal team.
Vigneri says he no longer is able to represent Heinze because he was reassigned to the capital defender's central office in Atlanta effective Nov. 1.
Vigneri's co-counsel, Charles M.J. Nester, the supervising attorney for the Brunswick office, would become Heinze's lead lawyer.
Heinze has objected and has asked Williams to hold a hearing. No trial date has been set for Heinze.