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Judge considers drafting lawyer for murder case

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - A judge is considering whether she can require an attorney to involuntarily represent a murder defendant whose death-penalty case has been stalled in Yavapai County Superior Court by a lack of a second defense lawyer.

Cesar Garcia-Soto is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse in the 2008 death of his 3-month-old son.

He has one of two lawyers required for a death-penalty case but the second stepped down because of illness, and public defender Dean Trebesch says he's been unable to find a qualified replacement willing to work on the case.

Trebesch says lawyers are concerned about pay and about getting involved in the case itself.

The Daily Courier reports that Judge Cele Hancock has asked lawyers to present legal briefs on the representation issue.

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