By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Former Pulaski County High School cheerleading coach Angelia Paige Harrell agreed Friday that the relationship between herself and her attorney has broken down to the point she needs a new lawyer.
James C. Turk Jr. has represented Harrell since she was indicted in September 2012. She is charged with three counts of using her position as a public official to embezzle funds from the cheerleading program for her personal use.
However, Turk filed a Motion to Withdraw from the case Nov. 26. He contends the attorney/client relationship has “broken down,” that he feels there is no way to repair it, and that he “cannot be impartial towards his representation” of Harrell.
Harrell told Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr. that she has already spoken with another attorney and should know early this week weather he will represent her. He instructed her to be back in court Dec. 20 unless her new attorney sends a letter to the court confirming his representation.
The judge also advised Harrell that the delay will be “charged” to the defense so that the commonwealth’s case isn’t impacted by requirements for a defendant’s right to a speedy trial. Harrell told him she understands.
The incidents for which Harrell is charged are alleged to have occurred between March 2010 and October 2011. Besides being head coach of the varsity cheerleading squad she also was a guidance counselor at the high school.
Special prosecutor Erin DeHart, commonwealth’s attorney for Bland County, did not object to the change in attorneys.