By David in TN
On Monday at Fulton County Superior Court, attorneys for Nkosi Thandiwe told Judge Kelly Lee they will file a withdrawal motion, dropping Thandiwe as a client.
Thandiwe is charged in the July 2011 shooting spree in Midtown Atlanta that killed Brittney Watts, left Lauren Garcia paralyzed, and wounded Tiffany Ferenczy.
Thandiwe's former attorney John Garland said it was the wishes of the accused that he be dropped. The case will now be turned over to a public defender who asked not to be identified. Garland's office will still "offer whatever assistance possible."
Judge Lee set a tentative trial date of January 13, 2013. In April, the judge ruled Thandiwe was competent to stand trial. Thandiwe was in court Monday, but apparently no family members of the victims were present.
Thandiwe is charged with three counts of felony murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, hijacking a car, aggravated battery and gun possession during the commission of a felony.
"Police say Thandiwe, who was a security guard at the Proscenium building where all three women worked, shot Watts in the neck in the building's parking deck, and then fled the garage in her car, shooting two more women as he exited onto Crescent Avenue. Tiffany Ferenczy suffered a leg injury."
The above article has a link to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution story that has police saying Thandiwe "randomly targeted" the victims.
N.S.: Thandiwe comes from a well-to-do family—his mother is a prominent lawyer, and his father is a prominent engineer—but intends to stick the taxpayer with his tab. And he will never receive justice for what he did.