Christian-Newsom defendant Cobbins asks judge to dismiss lawyer

Christian-Newsom defendant Cobbins asks judge to dismiss lawyer

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Letalvis Cobbins took the stand to say that his attorney, Kim Parton, had not kept him informed about proceedings in the case. Letalvis Cobbins took the stand to say that his attorney, Kim Parton, had not kept him informed about proceedings in the case.
Judge Walter Kurtz dismissed Letalvis Cobbins' request for a new attorney. Judge Walter Kurtz dismissed Letalvis Cobbins' request for a new attorney.
Cobbins' handwritten request to dismiss his attorney, Kim Parton. Cobbins' handwritten request to dismiss his attorney, Kim Parton.
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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Christian-Newsom defendant Letalvis Cobbins requested Tuesday that his court-appointed lawyer be dismissed.

Cobbins asked Judge Walter Kurtz in court to dismiss and replace his current legal counsel.


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In a hand-written request submitted earlier this year, Cobbins said his lawyer, "has not been representing [him] with enthusiastic and diligent devotion," and that he "does not take time to explain matters to [him]."

"The defendant prays that this honorable court will grant this motion," Cobbins went on to say in the request.

Both the defendant and his lawyer Kim Parton were in court on Tuesday.

Parton told Judge Kurtz that former Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood, who was taken off the case because of concerns that he was no longer impartial in the case, told the attorney that she and Cobbins should not have any contact.

She asked Judge Kurtz where she should stay on the case through Cobbins' Dec. 13 and said she was prepared to go forward as his counsel.

Cobbins then took the stand to explain why he requested the change.

"I don't really have any complaints or any problems with you," Cobbins said to Parton. "I would like to be kept up to speed on what's going on with the case and, if I could, receive the documents ahead of time before we have to enter court. Those are the only real issues I have."

Judge Kurtz then asked Cobbins if he was satisfied with Parton, but just wanted to be more informed. Cobbins replied "yes".

Parton also told the judge she would make an effort to keep Cobbins informed.

The judge then denied the motion for a new counselor.

Cobbins also told the judge that he wanted to be transported directly from Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, where he's being held, to court in Knoxville.

Before his court appearances, Cobbins had been taken to the Morgan County Correctional Complex first, before coming to Knoxville.

He told Judge Kurtz that he felt threatened by the guards at the jail and wanted to come to Knoxville directly.

The judge told Cobbins to take his complaints directly to the warden at Riverbend.

As the proceedings wrapped up, Gary Christian, the father of victim Channon Christian referred to Cobbins as a "cry baby" because of the requests.

His wife, Deena, was not feeling sympathetic either.

"He's just a big cry baby," she said.

"I didn't see him whining when he was beating on my daughter when she was tied up, but when he's in prison and anybody looks at him wrong, he's gonna cry foul."

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