Man denied new court lawyer

A 22-year-old Alexandria man charged as an accessory to the murder of a friend’s roommate in Lake Ridge appeared in Prince William Circuit Court on Friday to request a different court-appointed attorney but was denied.

Defense attorney Myron Teluk told Judge Rossie D. Alston that Kyjuan Omar-Braxton Trott, of 8532 Highland Lane was difficult to work with and hostile toward him.

“I’m sure he’ll tell you why he’s dissatisfied with my services,” Teluk said, “Most of the time he makes derogatory four-letter words to my statements.”

Teluk argued he should be removed from the case because Trott wants Teluk to testify at his trial. Shawn Thomas, another of the four men charged in the death of Charles E. Robinson Jr., called Teluk from prison to tell Teluk that Trott was innocent of the charges against him.

Trott is charged as an accessory to murder and with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

“I’ve taken cases all the way to the Supreme Court with [Teluk],” Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jerrold J. Negin argued. “The defendant can’t pick and choose his court-appointed attorney.”

Negin argued that requesting to be removed from the case because of testifying was “premature.” Negin suggested Teluk see if Thomas, 21, would reiterate his statements of Trott’s innocence before Thomas’ defense attorney, William Baker.

“I’m innocent and I’ve been sitting in jail for a year,” Trott said, “All that’s got me in here are words.”

Alston was not impressed with Trott’s arguments. He turned down the application for a new attorney.

“The court appoints attorneys who work in service of people like you who apparently can’t pay [for an attorney”], Alston said. “Thank your blessings someone [like] Mr. Teluk is representing you.”

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