By MELINDA WILLIAMS
The attorney for a former Pulaski County High School cheerleading coach slated to go on trial for embezzlement Friday wants to withdraw from the case.
James C. Turk Jr., attorney for Angelia Paige Harrell, filed the motion in Pulaski County Circuit Court Nov. 26. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Friday, in place of the jury trial.
In the motion, Turk is asking to withdraw “on the grounds that the attorney/client relationship has broken down.” He goes on to say that he “feels there is no way to repair that relationship, and … he cannot be impartial towards his representation of the defendant.”
Harrell was indicted in September 2012 on three counts of using her position as a public official to embezzle funds from the cheerleading program for her personal use. The incidents are alleged to have occurred between March 2010 and October 2011, while Harrell was head coach of the varsity cheerleading squad and a guidance counselor at PCHS.
The trial already has been continued four times, with some requested by Turk and others being joint requests by Turk and special prosecutor Erin DeHart, commonwealth’s attorney for Bland County. No reason for the other continuances is stated in the court file.