Judge denies man accused in fatal shooting to represent himself in trial set for next month


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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — An Arkansas judge has denied a request from a man accused in a fatal shooting to represent himself in a trial set for next month.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1ppJOFR ) Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza says allowing Darrell Dennis to handle his own case would be a "disaster."

An attorney had been appointed for Dennis, but Dennis claimed the attorney wasn't doing enough work in his case.

Dennis asked on Tuesday to represent himself, saying "I feel like I'm in a position where I about have to."

Dennis is charged in the kidnapping, robbery and shooting death of 18-year-old Forrest Abrams in Little Rock. Dennis was free at the time despite multiple felony charges and parole violations and was arrested less than 30 hours after being released from jail.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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