LEE COUNTY, Fla. — A Lee County judge has ordered a competency exam before the court will consider an accused murderer to represent himself.
Winer Desmaret is accused of shooting Fort Myers police officer, Adam Jobbers Miller, in 2018 with the officer’s own gun.
This week, Desmaret’s defense team filed a motion to withdraw as his counsel. Defense attorneys said they could not go into details about what led up to their motion and cited attorney-client privilege.
On Thursday, a judge offered Desmaret options for new council to help his case, as trial is scheduled for September 6. Desmaret denied aid several times and said he wanted to represent himself in the trial.
Although Desmaret has the right to represent himself, the states says there is a big difference between competency for trial and competency to defend ones self.
A judge agreed and ordered a competency exam that must be completed by the end of business on Friday.
The defense’s request to withdraw from the case will be decided after the exam is completed.
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