KENNEWICK, WA - A man accused of first-degree murder will get a second lawyer to help with his defense.
Yakima County Sheriff's deputies arrested Robert McCorkindale,24, last June. He is accused of running a car over a man several times, putting the man's body in the trunk, and then setting the car on fire.
During initial interviews after his arrest, detectives say McCorkindale told them he met the victim, Preston Yahne, to deal drugs.
McCorkindale was moved from Yakima to Benton County jail after detectives determined Yahne, 22, was killed near Prosser in Benton County.
Superior Court Judge Salvador Mendoza Friday ordered the public defender's office to assign a second attorney to represent McCorkindale, which is typical in first-degree murder cases. However, Alexandria Sheridan told Mendoza she considered it "insulting" that the court feels she needs co-counsel. Mendoza assured her, and spoke directly to McCorkindale, that it is not the opinion of the court that Sheridan is not an excellent attorney, but Mendoza it is typical to appoint a second attorney to defendants in first-degree murder cases.
During the court hearing, prosecutors say they have also offered a plea agreement to McCorkindale if he pleads guilty before the county spends money on a trial.