New lawyer ordered in Knoxville child abuse case

New lawyer ordered in Knoxville child abuse case

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Jessica Cox speaks to her now former attorney Marcos Garza. Jessica Cox speaks to her now former attorney Marcos Garza.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville couple accused of handcuffing their two sons to a kitchen cabinet, then beating and burning them, made an appearance in court Tuesday ahead of their trial.

The boys' stepmother Jessica Cox was first arrested and charged with child abuse in May 2013.

Her husband Mike McIntosh was also arrested late last year after making statements in court admitting he had handcuffed the boys as punishment.

Arrest warrants state the boys were handcuffed then beaten with a hammer and rolling pin, resulting in serious injuries to their wrists, feet and legs.

Cox and McIntosh now face a combined 46 counts of child abuse and aggravated child abuse.

Knox County Judge Bob R. McGee ordered Tuesday the removal of Cox's attorney Marcos Garza due to a conflict of interest.

McIntosh's attorney filed a motion for severance, asking that the couple be tried separately. That matter is now set to be discussed at a status hearing on March 24.   

The trial is set for May 19.

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