Terrence McKelvey, the susptect's former defense attorney tells Eyewitness News he works for private pay only and that is why he resigned from the case. Apparently his client was not able to afford to keep McKelvey as part of his defense team.
However, McKelvey's co-counsel on the case from the beginning, are part of the Assigned Counsel Program paid for by the county. They will now completely take over the defense.
Twenty-three-old year old Ricardo McCray was ushered into the courtroom wearing a white T-shirt, plaid shorts and a pair of Nike tennis shoes. McCray is the main suspect in the City Grill shootings that left four people dead and four others wounded on August 14th. The judge accepted McKelvey's request to be removed from the case.
Here is what McKelvey had to say about it, "Of course in a case like this the attorney, if it's private pay, you got to be paid as well as there has to be sufficient funds to cover the kinds of experts. And it is a very involved case and it is going to need forensics, it is going to need ballistics. It is going to need all kinds of things that the client has to be able to handle," said McKelvey.
Pre-trial motions are set for next month. The trial in this case is scheduled to begin in March 14, 2011.