The man charged with the murder of 46-year-old Gabriel Turner retained new counsel and rejected a plea deal in a status hearing Wednesday.
The public defender services requested Kelby Gordon, 29, receive new counsel based on a conflict of interest. According to Judge Milton Lee, PDS reserves the right to motion for new consul if they feel,“ they may not be able to give full zealous services.”
Judge Lee appointed Richard Holliday as the new defense lawyer in place of public defenders Gabriel Diaz and Joseph Wong. Lee also called for a 30-day delay in order to give Holliday time to to get up to speed with the case.
Against the wishes of Judge Lee, Holliday rejected the delay and pushed for setting a trial date – ultimately rejecting any plea offers on the table.
The plea deal offered by the prosecution would have reduced the seven charges against Gordon to one count of second-degree murder while armed. The deal would have suggested an 11 to 17 year sentence.
Gordon rejected the deal and is set to head to trial on February 5, 2018 for two counts of first-degree murder while armed, three counts of possession of firearm during crime of violence, one count of attempted robbery while armed and one count of assault with intent to kill.
All charges stem from Gordon’s alleged role in Turner’s murder. According to police, around 11:30 a.m. on March 24, 2016 Turner was fatally shot at 2462 Birney Place, SE. According to Gordon’s arrest warrant, police believe Gordon fired the shot that ended Turner’s life.
Gordon is expected in court April 28 for a status hearing.