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Stuart hires private attorney

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PASCO, Wash.-A man accused of trying to kill his mother-in-law has replaced his public defender with a private attorney.

Todd Stuart is the husband of Tashia Stuart. She's accused of murdering her adoptive mother in March of last year.

Franklin County prosecutors say a month before Tashia Stuart shot and killed Judy Hebert, Todd Stuart tried to kill Hebert by setting a trap in her garage in which a wall of boxes would fall on her.

Tashia Stuart claims she killed her mother in self defense.

Todd Stuart is scheduled to go on trial in September. Tashia Stuart's trial is set for October.