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PHOENIX -- No bond for an Ahwatukee father being tried a second time for the murder of his son.
Convicted once, Jeff Martinson was granted a retrial and his lawyer wanted him freed while he awaits that trial.
She did set a new trial date of July 16 and warned the defense attorneys that their pay rate may be changing.
"The exigency is now gone,” said Judge Duncan. “This case has been tried, it's been investigated and the court has some concerns about the rate of pay as high as it has been.”
Already this case has cost the county millions of dollars.
Currently, both private defense attorneys are paid significantly more than typical public defenders. It's part of a deal that was made to ensure that, after 11 defense attorneys and several years of legal wrangling, this case would finally go to trial, which it did.
“The court itself described this case as a three ring circus all continuances and delays in getting to trial,” said Terribile.
With a new trial looming, the judge implied that the leg work is done so the hourly rate could change.
Neither defense attorney was pleased.
“If I stop working another lawyer has to come in and start over again,” said Terribile. “I didn't sign a contract I'm not at the beck and call of the county.”
It's been more than seven years since Josh was found dead and his father was arrested.
There is no telling how attorney pay and further legal wrangling could impact that July trial date.