This morning there was an unexpected twist in the murder trial of the men accused of murdering Pastor Llewelyn Lucas and beheading him. There were rumors circulating that during a closed session on Thursday that the accused men decided to part ways with their defence attorneys, but while that was not factual, it was somewhat close to the truth. This Friday morning there was another repeat closed session in the courtroom of Justice Antoinette Moore which lasted only half an hour. Defense attorney Herbert Panton filed an application in to Moore for both him and Attorney Rachel Montejo to be removed as attorneys for the accused men. Justice Moore granted Panton and Montejo their request. Panton spoke to the media following the session though he did not state his reasons to be detached from the case.
Herbert Panton Former Attorney for Danny Mason: “That is totally untrue because what happened yesterday is that I made an application to the court to be relieved of the defense of the five accused. That matter started today, the application continued, the Judge just a while ago concluded that application process and granted my application so myself and Ms. Montejo are no longer representing the five accused. As a consequence the matter has been adjourned to I believe some time in the first week of April just to make sure to give the accused enough time to find new council and the trail will proceed from there. I am bound by my oath so what I discuss with my client is not for public consumption. The Judge has said that the trail will continue, she did not declare a mistrial so that is not even on the table at this point. Well I can’t speak of what will happen now, I am no longer involved.”
The case has been adjourned to first week in April to give the accused men time to find new council.