Wlasiuk appears in court to get a public defender

NORWICH – Accused murderer Peter M. Wlasiuk appeared in Chenango County Court Thursday afternoon to have a new attorney appointed because he could no longer afford his retained defense attorney.

Broome County Court Judge Martin E. Smith appointed the same lawyer that has been retained by Wlasiuk to now represent him as his public defender, Randel Scharf, of Cooperstown.

Scharf had previously reported to the court he would be unable to represent Wlasiuk any longer because of the family’s lack of funds to pay for his defense, which has cost over $30,000 so far, said Scharf. As his assigned counsel, the cost of Wlasiuk’s defense fees will be shouldered by the tax payers.

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