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Sentencing for convicted murderer delayed again

Emily Burkhard
Updated: October 18, 2019 05:46 PM
Created: October 18, 2019 12:23 PM

ALBANY - A 2018 murder case was back in court on Friday. What was expected to be a sentencing for Neshad Grady turned into yet another delay.

Neshad Grady told Judge Rodger McDonough he didn't feel his attorney, Lee Kindlon, represented his best interest when he was being tried for murder.

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Grady was found guilty of killing 31-year-old Khalil Barnes in July of 2018. He was supposed to be sentenced two weeks ago, but the judge gave him additional time to find a new attorney to represent him.

When Grady was brought into the courtroom on Friday the judge asked him if he was able to retain new counsel. Grady said he wasn't able to because he couldn't afford it. McDonough asked him if he actually contacted any attorneys and Grady said he had not.

Grady asked the judge if he could appoint a public defender to represent him. The judge asked Kindlon if he felt he could still represent Grady. Kindlon said he felt the attorney-client relationship was completely broken. So the judge allowed Kindlon to be relieved as counsel and appointed Paul Edwards as Grady's new attorney.

Edwards has until Oct. 31 to get whatever he needs from Kindlon and the court to proceed with sentencing.

The judge also set a date for an open gun case that Grady is facing. That trial will begin on December 2.

Stay tuned to NewsChannel 13 for updates.


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