Man found guilty in N.L. police standoff ditches another lawyer
Leo Crockwell is seen making a court appearance on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010.
Published Monday, October 22, 2012 5:13PM EDT
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- A Newfoundland man convicted of five of six charges stemming from a week-long standoff with the RCMP in 2010 has parted ways with another lawyer.
Leo Crockwell hired a new lawyer this fall after his former counsel Lori Marshall, was appointed to the provincial bench.
But during an appearance today in a St. John's, N.L., court was told Mike King would no longer be representing Crockwell because of a solicitor-client breakdown.
Crockwell is now looking for his sixth lawyer before a stay application is scheduled to be heard on Nov. 26.
Once the application is heard it's likely the court will move on to Crockwell's sentencing.
In June a jury of seven women and four men found Crockwell guilty to charges including reckless discharge of a firearm, assault while using a firearm and making a threat against his sister, Catherine Crockwell.
The Mounties tried negotiations, tear gas, noise grenades and pepper spray during the seven-day standoff in Bay Bulls in December 2010, before Crockwell escaped as police flooded the home with water.
He was arrested the next day without incident on Dec. 11, 2010, after a couple who'd given him a ride tipped the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.