Defense wants off case of Tennessee teen accused in slaying

Associated Press • Oct 16, 2019 at 4:17 PM

HARTSVILLE — A Tennessee defense attorney has asked to be withdrawn from the case of a 16-year-old who’s pleaded not guilty to criminal homicide in the fatal shooting of another teen.

The Tennessean reports Thomas A. Maynard’s withdrawal request says Ethen Vanderpool hasn’t fulfilled his “obligation to counsel.” It doesn’t expand on the issue, but requests a decision by Vanderpool’s next hearing on Nov. 13.

Vanderpool was 15 years old when he was charged in the 2018 shooting of 16-year-old JayShawn Taylor. Authorities have said Vanderpool, a homeschooler, knew JayShawn, a Mt. Juliet High student.

Vanderpool previously tried to switch jails over what he said was verbal abuse that hadn’t yet escalated to physical violence. He later rescinded the request. Vanderpool is set to go to trial in May.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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