New lawyer for suspect in Colly murder
By Dwayne Bremer
Feb 21, 2014, 18:45
For the third time since his arrest for the alleged murder of Bay St. Louis resident Maurice Colly in 2012, suspect Glen Davis has changed his attorney.
Davis, 44, appeared in Hancock County Circuit Court on Tuesday and asked Judge John Gargiulo to allow him to hire local attorney Brian Alexander to represent him.
Davis fired two public defenders who had been appointed to represent him last year and attorney Phil Whittman was then appointed to represent him.
Davis told Gargiulo that he was not happy with Whittman's services either and that his family had hired Alexander.
Whittman told Gargiulo that he would not object to Davis hiring Alexander and Gargiulo agreed to the change.
Davis, who has been dubbed the "Gulf Coast Casanova," was indicted on one count of murder and one count of grand larceny last August.
He was arrested on Aug. 17, 2012 for the murder which took place on March 6, 2012. His preliminary hearing was conducted in Bay St. Louis Municipal Court on Sept. 19, 2012.
At the hearing, police said Davis killed Colly, stuffed his body in the trunk of his car, and then skipped town.
Davis was on the lam for several months and featured on the nationally televised show "America's Most Wanted."
He was captured by authorities in Michigan in August 2012 and returned to Mississippi.
Alexander said Tuesday that he believes Davis has been "unfairly portrayed" by law enforcement officers and the media.
"There has been a gross mis-characterization of Mr. Davis," Alexander said. "I am looking forward to being able to tell Mr. Davis' side of the story."
Gargiulo said that Davis' trial is still set for April 7, 2014, despite the change of attorney.
He ordered Whittman to turn over all of the discovery evidence in the case related to Alexander.
Alexander said Whittman has given him most, if not all, of the discovery, which includes more than 1,600 pages of documents and 22 discs.
Alexander said he may need some extra time to go through all of the evidence.
"I will most likely ask for a continuance because of the volume of information we will have to go through," Alexander said.
Alexander said he does not believe he will ask for a change of venue in the case.
Davis told Gargiulo that he was happy with Alexander so far.
"I am just trying to prepare for my trial and the previous lawyers have not been coming to see me," he said.