The man accused of killing an Iowa State golfer has been granted a request for new representation, despite objections from his current attorney.
On Monday, a judge granted 22 year old Collin Richards' request for a new lawyer after the defendant stated there were"communication issues" with his current attorney, public defender Paul Rounds. Rounds objected to the request, stating that there weren't grounds for the claim.
The judge will appoint a new attorney from the state public defender's office in Marshalltown.
Richards is facing a First Degree Murder charge in the death of student Celia Barquin Arozamena who was killed September 17th while she was playing a round at a golf course in Ames.
Richards has pleaded not guilty and his trial is scheduled for April 30, 2019.