Murder defendant doesn't want ex-DA as his lawyer

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- An Eastern Oregon murder defendant has asked a judge to remove his court-appointed defense attorney, who also happens to be a former county district attorney.

The East Oregonian reports George Craigen shouted in court Monday that he didn't want to be represented by former Umatilla County district attorney Dean Gushwa.

Union County Circuit Court Judge Russell West refused to take Gushwa off the case.

Gushwa says he intends to argue that Craigen suffers from an extreme emotional disturbance. Craigen is accused of fatally shooting Cecil "Rob" Carter in December 2011.

Gushwa resigned in May 2011 after he was found guilty of one count of official misconduct.

Gushwa was the subject of an Oregon Department of Justice investigation, and took a leave of office in August 2010.

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