David Mark Fenimore, 40, who has been represented by three appointed attorneys since he was arrested, had previously said he would like to proceed without an attorney.
On Friday, Fenimore said he would like an attorney for the potential jury trial.
While Superior Court Judge Bill Hamrick read the defendant a form which outlined the “dangers and disadvantages” of going to trial without legal counsel, Fenimore said he would like an attorney.
The New Jersey native, who said he has never represented himself in a criminal proceeding, has worked with three different attorneys after being “conflicted out” by the Carroll County Public Defenders office.
One of those attorneys was relieved because of a conflict; the other two were fired by Fenimore for what he described as “incompetence.”
Hamrick told Fenimore that he was going to appoint another lawyer to the case.
Public defender Valerie Cooke said she would prepare the necessary paperwork and send the defendant’s case to the Atlanta Public Defenders office, where an attorney may be available.
Cooke said Fenimore may have representation early next week.
Hamrick said he was leaving the case on the March 11 trial calendar, and told Fenimore that his case would be tried at that time.
The prosecution, led by Senior Assistant District Attorney Jeff Hunt, is ready for trial.
“We’ve been ready for a year,” Hunt said.
Fenimore said an attorney would not be necessary to discuss a negotiated plea with Hunt, but he refused when Hunt told him the sentencing recommendation the state had formulated.
That recommendation was 20 years in prison, followed by 20 years of probation.
“I refuse, then, because these charges are frivolous and erroneous,” Fenimore said.
The man’s alleged accomplice, Kerry Antonio Gibbs, 46, in one of the robberies wasn’t in court Friday.
Gibbs’ attorney, public defender John Howe, said his client was out on bond, but that he was unsure of where he was. The state moved for a bench warrant and forfeiture of bond, which Hamrick granted.
It is unclear whether Gibbs will be tried at the same time as Fenimore.
Both men have been charged with robbery, with Fenimore also being charged with armed robbery.
The two are charged in connection with robberies at the First National Bank of Georgia on Dec. 1, 2009. Fenimore is also charged with a robbery that occurred at Regions Bank on Dec. 4, 2009. Both men were arrested separately following the robberies.
Fenimore was arrested by Douglasville police during a traffic stop on Dec. 5, 2009. He was unarmed at the time of his arrest and police recovered several thousand dollars from the scene.
Gibbs was reportedly driving the same vehicle used in the Dec. 1 robbery when he was stopped for a traffic violation in Fulton County, at which time an undisclosed amount of cocaine was discovered. He was arrested for possession of cocaine and driving with a suspended license.