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Steinert changes attorney for fourth time

Published 11:00am Friday, September 28, 2012

COURTLAND—A Franklin murder suspect’s decision to change lawyers for a fourth time will delay his trial until March 25.

Charles Steinert, 38, was scheduled to go to trial this week in Southampton County Circuit Court for the June 12, 2010, shooting death of his estranged wife, Tammy Jo Steinert, 37, at her home at 200 Southampton Road in Franklin.

Steinert has hired Barrett Richardson of Portsmouth.

Tammy Jo Steinert’s uncle, Joseph Michael Wise of Courtland, survived a gunshot wound to the abdomen during a confrontation.

Detectives at the investigation believed that Charles Steinert broke into his wife’s home and chased her and two teenage girls into a bedroom. He shot her and held the girls hostage. Steinert released them unharmed four hours later and then surrendered.

  • Masknup

    How much does a .45 caliber bullet cost??? He has breathed WAY TO MUCH good air

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    • keepitreal2

      I totally agree!!! this is outrageous! it burns me up that he is allowed to play the system like he has been doing!

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  • Makalani

    RE: “It has been over 2 years since the murder and still no justice.”

    Sometimes in our system’s zeal to protect the rights of the accused — victims and their loved ones’ right to justice and as you say — closure — gets lost in the shuffle. Hopefully — in this case — justice delayed won’t be justice denied!

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  • kpierce

    This is terrible – why was he allowed to delay again. It has been over 2 years since the murder and still no justice. This is an outrage.

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  • 1stAmendment

    Oh Judge Bagnell. How we miss you. Enough already.

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  • Makalani

    I will admit the possibility of my rant being “not normal” if you will admit the possibility of your lack of intellectual acuity to construe it!

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  • Makalani

    Mr. Steinert ALLEGEDLY murdered his estranged wife in a cowardly attack in front of children/witnesses after ALLEGEDLY shooting and wounding her uncle! Despite a legal presumption of innocence — legally prosecuting the case seemed pretty cut and dry with a mountain of evidence pointing towards guilt.

    But this ALLEGED cowardly murderer’s due process rights allow him to mount the most vigorous defense available to him — even if that means changing lawyers four times! The legal system has to walk a fine line between accommodating his reasonable requests to change attorneys and “saying enough is enough — you are abusing the system!”

    That also begs the legal questions:
    A. What is a “reasonable number of times” to change attorneys 2–3–4–5–8–10?
    B. How does the system pull the plug on a defendants’ due process right to change attorneys/mount a vigorous defense without violating his due process rights?

    However — casual court observers face no such ethical/legal dilemmas and can say without hesitation/equivocation: “No more delays! This ALLEGED cowardly murderer is conning/gaming the system by repeatedly delaying his trial!”

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    • ohgrl

      you might want to consider seeing a mental health care professional for your issues. Your rant is not normal!

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      • kpierce

        How would you feel if this was a loved one of yours and you were waiting over 2 years for a trial for closure. I bet your rant wouldn’t be so nice either. Maybe you should consider that before you pass judgement on someone who was only expressing there free will as an American.

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