Just a few days after being appointed to represent 18-year old Alex Horton on felony charges of Possession of a Weapon by a Street Gang Member and Possession of a Firearm without a Requisite Firearm Owners I.D. card, Chad Long withdrew during a short hearing this morning in Knox County Circuit Court.
Judge Paul Mangieri called the withdrawal “appropriate” given that yet another conflict of interest has arisen — the same reason three other attorneys withdrew before Long.
Mangieri appointed attorney Anthony Vaupel to represent Horton. Vaupel expressed that he has no conflicts. Trial was scheduled to begin the week of May 19th, but it’s likely that will be delayed. Vaupel says he has yet to talk with the state and Horton, and obtain discovery in the case.
A status hearing has been scheduled for next Wednesday, at which time a continuance may formally be asked for.
Horton and 18-year-old Brandon Kenney were arrested a few weeks after the December 22nd suspected shooting death of 15-year-old Javon Butler.
Kenney faces murder and felony weapons charges and has a June second pre-trial conference.