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Attorney Withdraws from Murder Trial

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Pasco, WA- Another twist could further delay a high profile murder trial in the Tri-Cities.

One of the public defenders representing  Jose Garcia Morales is pulling out of the trial because of illness.

Carl Sonderman had been on the defense team for nearly a year.  The judge in the case will appoint a new public defender.

The trial is currently on hold while state psychiatrists determine morales' competency. A hearing today to set a date for the competency hearing had to be delayed when a Spanish interpreter wasn't available to translate for the defendant.

Morales and his brother Ramon are accused of shooting a Pasco man and wounding his wife last December. Police arrested the brothers in Idaho a few days after the shootings.