BANGOR – A North Carolina man convicted of murder earlier this year is again asking for a new attorney.
Convicted murderer Christopher Murray, 40, was about to be sentenced in June when he fired his attorneys, David Bate and Jeffrey Toothaker.
Justice William Anderson then assigned Murray a court-appointed attorney, Stephen Smith.
On Monday, Murray was back at the Penobscot Judicial Center asking the judge to give him another lawyer.
Earlier this year, Murray and Tony Locklear, both of North Carolina, were found guilty of murder, elevated aggravated assault and robbery for a Dec. 19, 2017 break-in and double shooting in Millinocket that left one man dead.
Businessman Wayne Lapierre died and his wife, who was shot in the head, survived and was able to call for help. She also testified against Murray during his five-day trial that ended on Feb. 1 with a guilty verdict.
After the verdict, the prosecutor said Murray would not get off easy.
“It’s our intention to ask for a very significant sentence,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa Marchese. “This was a home invasion. The intention was to kill two people. Miraculously, one of them lived.”
Murray faces 25 years to life.
Anderson said he would issue a written decision about Murray’s motion for a new lawyer by the end of the week.