I-70 Crash Trucker’s Embattled Lawyer Quits, Says Trucker Can’t Afford Defense
Denver, CO – Embattled Denver lawyer Robert Corry has officially withdrawn from representing a truck driver facing dozens of felony charges stemming from a fiery crash along Interstate 70 earlier this year.
On Monday, Corry, who has mounting legal troubles of his own, withdrew as defense counsel for truck driver Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos.
Last month Aguilera-Mederos pleaded not guilty to more than 40 felony charges against him stemming from a fatal crash along I-70 that killed four people in April.
In October, state prosecutors filed a “Conflict-Free Representation” motion on behalf of Aguilera-Mederos, in the wake of Corry’s third arrest in four months.
Prosecutors also alleged Corry may not even be reviewing critical pieces of evidence in the case as he had failed to download available discovery documents provided by the district attorney’s office since July 8, 2019.
However, it is Corry who is now saying Aguilera-Mederos is incapable of paying him, nor the investigators, in order to put on a competent defense.
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As a result of this development, Aguilera-Mederos is asking the judge to delay future hearings until a public defender can be assigned and get up to speed on the case.
Corry is also asking the judge to remove a gag order imposed on him as defense counsel, so that he can “speak to the media” in an effort to clear his name due to his recent arrests.
The judge did not rule on Corry’s motion but indicated the issue will be discussed again at a January 10, 2020 hearing with Aguilera-Mederos’ new lawyer also present.
The trial was tentatively set to begin in May 2020, but these new developments may result in further delays.
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