An accused burglar who isn't seeing eye-to-eye with his attorney is expected to file an affidavit of indigency, which will be reviewed by the Huron County Public Defender's Office.
Jeffrey L. Patton, 43, of 405 Park St., Willard, is charged with burglary in connection with being the suspected accomplice of Robert L. Hamman, 44, of Willard. Authorities have said the pair broke into a sleeping woman's Holiday Lakes residence March 11 with the purpose of robbing her and started rifling through a drawer containing jewelry. The woman, who woke up, chased the suspects away with a firearm.
Defense attorney Tom Nicholson is representing Patton, who was in Huron County Common Pleas Court for a hearing Monday.
"Tom Nicholson wanted to withdraw. What Nicholson said is there's a payment problem and an issue with defending the case," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.
Patton reportedly wrote a letter to Judge Jim Conway and mailed it Friday. However, Woodruff said "the judge hasn't gotten it."
While the contents of the letter are unknown, Patton told the judge earlier he wanted to hire a new attorney.
Conway, at Monday's hearing, said the court had received a letter from Nicholson which indicated Patton is unable to retain his own attorney. Patton said he might consider representing himself.
On Aug. 26, Patton posted a $60,000 bond and was released from the Huron County Jail.
Read full story in Tuesday's Norwalk Reflector.