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Lawyers ask to withdraw from murder case

Attorneys for one of two men charged with murder in the killings of six Hispanic men during robberies in 2005 have asked to withdraw.

The attorneys for Stacey Sims, Converse Bright and Robert Walker, said in a motion Friday that they are unable to prepare his
defense because the Capital Defender Project "fails to pay counsel fees and fees for investigators, consultants and expert
witnesses." The sentencing for the other man charged, Jamie Underwood, will continue Monday after testimony four days this week. Underwoods lawyers are to begin presenting their case Monday.

The state is seeking the death penalty for Underwood and Sims, but not against two women charged in the crimes. Trial dates for them and for Sims have not been set.

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