Defendant Fires Public Defenders; Plea Postponed

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Boulder, Colo. (AP) A man charged with beating a University of Colorado student to death more than 10 years ago says he cannot work with his public defenders, forcing a delay in his arraignment.

Thirty-nine-year-old Diego Olmos-Alcalde is accused of sexually assaulting and beating Susannah Chase in an alley in 1997. The 23-year-old from Stamford, Conn., died the next day.

Boulder district judge James Klein on Thursday agreed to appoint new counsel, but warned Olmos-Alcalde he would have to hire his own attorney or represent himself if he was unable to work with the new lawyer.

Olmos-Alcalde was linked to the case through DNA evidence and arrested in January. He has denied any knowledge of chase's death.

He is expected to enter a plea Sept. 18.

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