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Father Accused of Capital Murder Needs Lawyer

by AP posted Aug 13 2013 10:08AM
     MANASSAS, Va. (AP) - A Manassas man facing the death penalty in the death of his 15-month-old son is slated to get a new attorney.
     A hearing is scheduled Tuesday in Prince William County in the capital murder case against 41-year-old Joaquin Shadow Rams. Authorities accuse him of drowning his young son, Prince McLeod Rams, to collect on a life insurance policy.
     Rams' first attorney, Timothy Olmstead, became ineligible to represent him when prosecutors upgraded the charges to capital murder. Olmstead is not certified to represent defendants in death-penalty cases.
     A judge was poised last month to appoint a public defender to represent Rams, but held off when Rams requested a different attorney.
     Authorities are also investigating the deaths of Rams' ex-girlfriend in 2003 and his mother in 2008.
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08/13/2013 10:09AM
Father Accused of Capital Murder Needs Lawyer
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