Already on his fourth attorney, Shawn Smoot wants another one.
Smoot, jailed on a first-degree murder charge, filed a handwritten motion in Roane County Criminal Court on Jan. 28 asking the judge to remove attorney Stanley Barnett as his defense counsel.
“I don’t have any comments on that right now,” Barnett said Friday. “That will be dealt with at the motions hearing.”
Barnett was appointed to represent Smoot last July after his third attorney, Tom Slaughter, was allowed to withdraw because of a conflict.