Lawyer withdraws from Wis. starved teen case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The lawyer for a Madison man accused of torturing and starving his teenage daughter has quit the case.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports http://bit.ly/XEMWQe Dane County Circuit Judge Julie Genovese allowed William Hayes to withdraw from Chad Chritton's case. Hayes initially represented Chritton privately but became court-appointed in October.

Hayes wrote in a motion to leave the case that it was causing him deep financial harm. Genovese on Tuesday authorized the county to pay Hayes about $16,000.

A jury last month convicted Chritton of child neglect but deadlocked on counts of reckless endangerment, causing mental harm to a child, child abuse and false imprisonment. Prosecutors say they plan to retry him on those counts.

Genovese ordered Chritton to find a new attorney immediately.



 
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