BANGOR — In a crazy turn of events during the fifth day of the Carine Reeves murder trial, the accused asked that his lawyers be dismissed and that he be allowed to represent himself.
It was the second time Reeves has asked for new attorneys. In January, he was represented by Ellsworth attorney Robert Van Horn.
Reeves, 40, got upset at the end of Tuesday’s testimony during the cross-examination of his former lover and reported eye witness to the fatal shooting of Sally Shaw.
He asked his lead attorney, Stephen Smith, to step back to allow his second counsel, attorney Jack Baldacci, to take over.
He made the same request Wednesday morning, delaying the court case. The jury was eventually sent home without being the in the courtroom.
“He’s misrepresenting me, so what do I do?” Reeves asked the judge.
Justice Harold Stewart reviewed the five complaints Reeves had about not seeing all the evidence, dismissing potential witnesses, discussing trial strategies with the state, dismissing the possibility of presenting an alternative suspect and the fact Smith recorded all of their conversations.
Reeves said if the judge would not allow him to dismiss Smith, he wanted to represent himself.
Stewart responded by saying, “The decision to represent yourself is a risky proposal.”
After reviewing and basically dismissing all Reeves’ complaints and reviewing the effects of appointing new council and the subsequent delay it would cause, the judge decided to deny both of Reeves’ requests.
Reeves is charged in the shooting death of 55-year-old Shaw in July 2017 on the side of the road in Cherryfield.
The trial resumes Thursday and is expected to last at least another week.