Inmate can’t escape deliberate pace of legal system

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Jeffery Coleman, a 38-year-old Excelsior Springs resident charged with aiding in a jail escape, will appear in court again at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 8 – possibly sooner if a new public defender is assigned to him.

Coleman, appearing before Associate Circuit Judge James Thompson Dec. 11, learned that his current legal counsel, Public Defender Melinda Troeger, was withdrawing from the case because of what she termed “a second-level conflict” of interest.

Troeger told Thompson she didn’t believe a new attorney had yet been assigned to Coleman.

“Whenever the public defender’s office has a conflict, they ordinarily refer that to their Liberty office or contact a private attorney,” Troeger said.


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