American murder accused goes on trial without a lawyer

American murder accused goes on trial without a lawyer
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An American national charged with the murder of a Namibian eight years ago, has gone on trial without a lawyer.
Judge Christie Liebenberg dismissed Marcus Thomas' urgent case for a postponement to allow the American to get a new lawyer.
Thomas asked the judge to postpone the start of the trial, so that he could get the court to compel the Legal Aid Department to give him a new lawyer.
Thomas either dismissed lawyers the State had appointed to represent him, or they withdrew over the past few years.
He and Kevin Townsend are on trial for murder, aggravated robbery, importing and possession of weapons and ammunition, related to the shooting of Andre Heckmair.
Heckmair was found dead behind the wheel of a Land Cruiser pick-up in a cul-de-sac in the Klein Windhoek residential area on 7 January 2011.
Deputy Prosecutor-General Antonia Verhoef started leading the State's evidence against both Americans yesterday, with Mbanga Siyomunji defending Townsend.
Both men are detained at the Windhoek Correctional Services facility without option to post bail and their trial continues in the High Court today.