Huron County Assistant Public Defender David Longo abruptly quit his job before a jury trial Tuesday morning.
Longo was defending Willard resident Joshua D. Bartell, 27, of 3934 Walnut Road, in connection with assaulting a carnival worker June 29. In August, a grand jury indicted Bartell on aggravated robbery, robbery, felonious assault and kidnapping.
Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said Longo quit "on the spot."
"It was put on the record he quit," Leffler continued. "He had a letter with some choice words for the court and his boss (Public Defender George Ford). I didn't get to read the letter thoroughly."
Ford could not be reached for comment this morning because he was in court. A recorded message indicated that Longo's home telephone number had been disconnected or was no longer in service.