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Posted on 12/10/2002 12:11:59 AM PST by ambrose
ABQjournal.com : A service of the Albuquerque Journal
Tuesday, December 10, 2002
Killer Needs An Attorney
The Associated Press
FARMINGTON Convicted killer Robert Fry will have to find a new attorney for the murder cases pending against him.
The state Public Defender's Office confirmed last week that Albuquerque attorney Ed Bustamante is being removed from the cases.
Bustamante and fellow attorney D. Eric Hannum represented Fry in the Betty Lee murder trial in April. Fry was convicted of the June 2000 slaying of the 36-year-old Shiprock mother of five. He received the death penalty in the case.
Fry and co-defendant Leslie Engh, 26, had offered Lee a ride home and took her to a remote area near Kirtland, where they killed her after a violent struggle and attempts to sexually assault her.
Engh pleaded guilty to the crime.
A spokesman for the Public Defender's Office told the Farmington Daily Times that a contract is being negotiated with Santa Fe attorney Steve Aarons to represent Fry.
Aarons' office could not confirm that because he had not received the case file.
Hannum said he could not directly comment on the reasons he and Bustamante were off the cases.
"There are things that came up that made it necessary for us to get off the case," Hannum said.
Fry faces three other murder charges.
He is accused of killing two men at a counterculture store in Farmington in 1996 and killing an Arizona man in 1998.
In the Eclectic store killings, Fry is accused of stabbing and attempting to behead 18-year-old Matthew Trecker and 25-year-old Joseph Fleming.
In the death of 40-year-old Donald Tsosie, Fry is accused of beating the man with a shovel and throwing him off a cliff south of Farmington.
An appeal of Fry's death sentence is pending while an upcoming trial is in the works on two charges of possessing a deadly weapon.
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Am I hopelessly 21st century naive to ask what a "counterculture store" might be?
A "head" shop? Uh, what else can you get there? :-)
(Drug oriented comics, books about drugs, magazines about drugs, psychedelic posters, certain legal drugs. Basically pretty much anything legal drug-related.)
It wasn't a head shop, it was a sword/knife store, the kids that were murdered there weren't dopers, they were sweet young men, who cared about others. And wouldn't have made jokes about anyone's unfortunate death.
Bless your heart.
Not that it matters, but I'm sure the two "sweet young men" never once said anything bad about others. Not once in their entire lives.
Lethal injection is such a tragic waste of the name Fry.
Did you just get unfrozen and reply to the article that was on your screen when you fell into the cryo-chamber?
John Edwards will take it on......
No one made jokes about anyone. Not now, and not back in TWO THOUSAND FRICKIN TWO when the last person stopped talking about it, you idiot...
Hell, I didn't know Farmington still HAD head shops!
Then again, there WAS Snappy's BBQ (read: cathouse) when I was going to HS there.
"How dare u be so heartless and judgmental! Find out the FACTS before u shoot ur mouths off about my mom and baby bro! his dirty diaper was a HUGGIES, not pampers and mom didn't beat the snot out of him with a kleeenex box it was a PUFFS!! ROT IN HELL all you so-called xtians!!!"