A final case management/trial setting hearing was set Thursday for the suspect in a fatal shooting from July, although it’s unclear who the defense attorney will be.
Jimmie Roy Jordan, 20, was present at the case management hearing with Yuma attorney Paul Abbate, who said it was “possible” he would be representing the defendant as the case moved forward.
But he added there are more steps to go to determine that after the county public defender’s and legal defender’s offices both declared conflicts of interest in the case.
Yuma County Superior Court Judge Roger Nelson granted Abbate’s request for a 30-day continuance, and set a final case management conference for Oct. 10 at 8:30 a.m.
According to court records Jordan’s initial attorney, Richard C. Parks of the Yuma County Public Defender’s Office, said in a Sept. 5 motion he wished to withdraw from the case, without specifying what the public defender’s office conflict is.
Nelson granted the motion on Monday and ordered Jordan’s case transferred to the county Legal Defender’s Office, which represents indigent defendants when the public defender’s office can’t, due to its caseload or a conflict of interest.
Then county Legal Defender Terri Capozzi filed a motion Wednesday saying her office couldn’t represent Jordan either, because it had represented one of his case’s witnesses in the past.
When this happens, the county Office of Court Appointed Counsel steps in and appoints someone from a list of available private sector attorneys.
Jordan is accused of shooting Marcus Jackson, 31, on July 19 in the 2100 block of South 5th Ave. The victim, who was shot three times, was airlifted to a Phoenix-area hospital, where he died July 28.
At that point Jordan had been facing a charge of attempted murder in the case, along with aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon and misconduct with a weapon. He was subsequently indicted on a premediated first-degree murder charge by a grand jury.
Jordan is being held on $1 million bond at the Yuma County Detention Center.