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Midtown shooting suspect loses lawyer, has trial date set

Nkosi Thandiwe's case is being turned over to a public defender and the murder trial is now on the January 11, 2013 docket

The security guard accused of the July 2011 Midtown shooting spree that killed one woman and left another paralyzed, is losing his defense lawyer, John Garland.

Monday at Fulton County Superior Court, lawyers for Nkosi Thandiwe told Judge Kelly A. Lee that they would file a withdrawal motion this week, dropping Thandiwe as a client.

Garland, who had had taken on the case pro bono, or free of charge, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday that it was the wishes of Thandiwe to be dropped. Outside the courtroom, another attorney working alongside Garland on the case explained further to Patch that it was a matter of finances.

Two months ago, Garland’s request for court-provided financial aid to help mount a defense of Thandiwe, who Garland explained was indigent and couldn’t afford expenses, was denied by Lee.

The case will now be turned over to a public defender, but the attorney outside the courtroom, who asked not to be identified, told Patch Monday that Garland’s office would still offer “whatever assistance possible” in the case.

About not receiving financial assistance, Garland explained to the AJC: "I'm disappointed, but I understand that this is the judge's interpretation of the law" defining indigent defendants.

Lee did set a tentative schedule for Thandiwe's murder trial as it is now on the January 11, 2013 docket. Thandiwe was present in court Monday, but it was not clear if anyone representing the victims were.

In April, the judge ruled that Thandiwes is mentally competent and will face felony murder and numerous other charges for his alleged actions during a July 15, 2011 shooting spree at the Proscenium building that left Brittney Watts dead and Lauren Garcia paralyzed.

Prosecutors have charged Thandiwe with three counts of felony murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, hijacking a car, aggravated battery and gun possession during the commission of a felony.

Police say Thandiwe, who was a security guard at the Proscenium building where all three women worked, shot Watts in the neck in the building’s parking deck, and then fled the garage in her car, shooting two more women as he exited onto Crescent Avenue. Tiffany Ferenczy suffered a leg injury.

Last November, Thandiwe pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in the . At that time and at the request of Garland, Lee ordered in Thandiwe to undergo a mental evaluation.

The judge ruled in April that the accused shooter was capable of comprehending what was happening during a trial.

Big Bill June 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM
My goodness gracious. If black people and their president wast to import foreign black People to take their jobs and dump their murderous spawn on the taxpayers I am fine with that as long as they murder their fellow black people and black people pick up the tab for trying and incarcerating their killer kids. But since they are not willing to pay the cost of their demonspawn, and since they are killing white folks because they are white, they really must go.
SUNKEN SUB July 08, 2012 at 06:59 PM
In-sane and out in 10. Want to bet ?
atl1224 January 29, 2013 at 11:29 PM
I'm black but I don't think we are all demon spawn I don't like guns at all an I'm black I'm a shamed someone woul do that but skin color doesn't the descrimanate the fact he was a cold blood senseless killer who does deserve much worse than prison or fees and serving time can't replace the life of someone no matter what skin color there have been plenty of non black murders but just cause he black doesn't mean he should have an excuse killing some one of there skin and remember this is a black saying this not meant to be racist if I'm being rude or inconsiderate forgive me
atl1224 January 29, 2013 at 11:30 PM
p.s. I'm just turned 11 last week forgive my grammar have a nice day
SUNKEN SUB January 30, 2013 at 12:18 AM
@atl1224 Perhaps it was another article I commented on....................Nothing personal :) Let me give you two web sites for school. Google SQ3R This is a study method for chapterized( It is spelled that way) material. History Geography Social studies English and literature. It doesn't work as well with mathematics but is still of use S -- Survey the chapter -- look at headings, diagrams, charts and such. Try to figure out what is there on a "map" of the material. Q -- Question Ask what and why something is in the chapter and write down questions you have about it. R -- Read You can't avoid a thorough reading of the material but now you have a "map" of the contents and questions that need answers. This is like a soldier doing a Reconnaissance mission of the enemy territory. R - Recite When you finish reading tell your parent(s) or study partner what you learned. If they understand what you tell them, FINE. If not you might have to go back and make sure you understand what you are reading. R -- Review Now you have a "map" of the material, answers to important questions and the ability to pass this on to someone else, your teacher on a test for example. I added a 4th R Record -- get a small tape recorder and put the highlights on it. Not the whole chapter, just the important parts.
SUNKEN SUB January 30, 2013 at 11:54 AM
atl1224 Put those recordings in your I-whatever instead of music. Shhhhhhhhhhh No one will ever know how you did it........
SUNKEN SUB January 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM
atl1224 Part 2 Use a PENCIL to mark a dot on passages the teacher says you should know. Record them too. Later, erase the small pencil marks so the school doesn't get upset. There is a writeup by Virginia Tech on the net that is easy to understand and only about 2 pages long. Google SQ3R ............Have fun -------------------------- Also, Google SPEED READING There is an online test to take. Don't worry about your speed now, this is just a starting point. There are books on speed reading available but don't spend more than about $10. Practice the eye-hand movements to pace your self. Shoot for 80% or better in comprehension, not absolute speed. Most people read about 200 words per minute. You can easily double that over time. This cuts you reading time by 1/2 ..................... GOOD LUCK ! Patch thinks I'm long winded. :(
ChrisCrossdresser January 30, 2013 at 06:52 PM
atl1224, you sound very bright & inquisitive. Have u thought of attending a montessori school OR alternaitve ? Public schools really arn't good for inquisitive minds. Happy belated birthday

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