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Judge: No 2nd Lawyer for Defendant in Hartford City Killings

HARTFORD CITY, Ind. (AP) – A Blackford County judge has denied a request for a second court-appointed lawyer from an eastern Indiana man accused of killing a father and daughter.

The Star Press (http://tspne.ws/1zYckQW ) reports 59-year-old Charles R. Whittington of Portland, Indiana, wrote to the judge last week to ask for an additional lawyer, saying his current attorney is “very busy.'' The judge turned down the request Monday.

Whittington was charged last month in the shooting deaths of 40-year-old Shane Williamson and his 14-year-old daughter, Katelin. Authorities say Williamson was found dead in the parking lot of a Hartford City apartment building, and that his daughter was later found dead in their apartment.

A message seeking comment was left with the attorney representing Whittington.

  Information from: The Star Press, http://www.thestarpress.com

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