George Parnham, who served as the defense lawyer in a well-known trial, may be taking over the Tiffany Klapheke case that is set to start at the end of the month, and there is a good chance the trial may be delayed.
Parnham is the attorney who represented Andrea Yates, the mother who was convicted of drowning her five children in the bathtub back in 2001.
Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty in that trial, however, Yates received life in prison instead and then the verdict was overturned on appeal. In a retrial, Yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Monday, a motion to substitute council was filed by local attorney John Young on behalf of George Parnham, whose office is in Houston. The motion says that Parnham was retained by Klapheke's mother.
The motion to substitute council is contingent on the courts ruling on the motion for a continuance. meaning Parnham will only take over if the judge agrees to delay the Klapheke trial that is set to start on the 30th.
Parnham is asking for it to be delayed 180 days from the current setting to give him a chance to get up to speed on the case.
Though nothing can yet be confirmed, in the motion filed Monday by local attorney John Young on behalf of Parnham it says Klapheke's birth parents suffered substantial mental health infirmities, and that there is a likelihood that Klapheke may suffer from the infirmities. This would at least suggest there may be some plan to plea insanity.
Klapheke will be before the judge in the 104th district court at 3 Tuesday.
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