Money laundering suspects lose attorney
A local attorney has stepped away from an upcoming illegal gambling case after the prosecutor said he had a conflict of interest.
Stephen A. Cihal withdrew as counsel on Sept. 24 to Jane Lewis, 50, of Ohio; Christopher Shawn Fellows, 42, of Georgia; William Sue, 60, of Tennessee; Paul Carter, 77, of Georgia, and Steve Marston, 58, of Ohio.
The state attorney general's office is prosecuting the case.
The group is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and laundering more than $200,000 from a business they operated in 2009 called the "Victoria Internet Cafe."
All were given immunity to testify except for co-defendant Frank Henderson, their lawyer at the time of the alleged incident. He is representing himself.
In one motion, Cihal said his client believed he was being deprived of the counsel of his choice.
Cihal could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.
Tom Kelley, a spokesperson for the Attorney General's Office, also could not say whether the five would be testifying against Henderson.
Keith Weiser was appointed to represent Lewis.
David Glicker was appointed to represent Fellows, Sue, and Marston, according to court records.
Cihal tried previously to suppress evidence, saying the police seized the computers and terminals in question in such a manner they'd no longer operate the way they once did. He said that left his clients unable to defend themselves.
The Fellows, Marston and Carter cases will go to trial together on Feb. 25, Kelley said.