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Man facing murder trial in 3 weeks asks for attorneys’ removal
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Delwoun Williams lowers his head Thursday, April 12, 2018 in Hall County Superior Court next to public defender Brock Johnson during his sentencing hearing for the 2017 murder of Cornelius Gordon, 24, of Gainesville on Barnes Drive. Williams turned down a plea deal to Judge Jason Deal in order to go to trial. - photo by Scott Rogers
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Delwoun Williams enters Hall County Superior Court Thursday, April 12, 2018 for sentencing for the murder of Cornelius Gordon, 24, of Gainesville, on June 26, 2017 on Barnes Drive. Williams declared to Judge Jason Deal that he wanted a trial instead. - photo by Scott Rogers

With his trial three weeks out and the plea deadline overdue, a Hall County man facing a malice murder charge asked for his attorneys to be removed ahead of his May trial.

Delwoun Quintess Williams talked with one of his public defenders, David Hoffer, at the plea deadline Tuesday, April 10, and asked for more time to consider.

When before Superior Court Judge Jason Deal Thursday, April 12, Hoffer said there was not an agreement to close the case.

Hoffer said Williams sent a letter to the district attorney’s office and Northeastern Judicial Circuit Public Defender Brad Morris to have his attorneys removed from the case.

“As early as this morning, he reasserted his desire to do so,” Hoffer said.

Williams spoke softly about his case to Deal, saying he was not guilty of the charges. The judge then asked some questions about the progress of his defense.

“Unless you can tell me some reason why they’re not competent to represent you, then I see no basis for removing them. Now you can fire them, but if you fire them, then it’s on you to find your own counsel or represent yourself,” Deal said.

The case is still set for trial on May 7, which both sides believed would take a week.

According to the indictment, Williams is also charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, terroristic acts and possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime.

The case concerns Cornelius Gordon, 24, of Gainesville, who was struck in the head with a bullet June 26 on Barnes Drive.

Gordon was struck in the right side of the head with a bullet while seated in a car, with another shot hitting the back passenger door.

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