The trial for Brian Thomas Cruz has reached yet another hiatus after the defendant’s attorney quit the LA County Public Defender’s Office, District Attorney Eugene Hanrahan told the Palisadian-Post on Thursday, Sept. 7.
The 47-year-old transient man will receive a new attorney who will “need time to become acquainted with the case transcripts and psychological evaluations” held earlier this year.
Cruz is accused of 22 criminal counts, including the kidnapping of a Marquez Knolls grandmother, assault with a deadly weapon, multiple carjackings and reckless driving causing injury.
The trial is scheduled to reconvene on Oct. 31.
— GABRIELLA BOCK
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