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Motions hearing, attorney change bump jury selection in Desmaret trial

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Posted at 5:55 AM, Sep 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-06 19:02:03-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Wisner Desmaret, the man accused of killing a Fort Myers police officer in 2018, was back in a Lee County Courthouse on Tuesday.

Jury selection was set to get started this week, but that was delayed after Desmaret asked to represent himself in his case.

Instead, on Friday, Desmaret was appointed a new attorney by Judge Robert Branning. Lee Hollander will be taking over the defense's case.

Hollander said on Tuesday that he will need time to familiarize himself with Desmaret's case, and he will need to go review over a thousand pages of mental health documents.

Branning also appointed a psychologist to evaluate Desmaret’s mental state.

The judge said on Tuesday that if doctors rule Desmaret competent to do so, he will be allowed to take on his own case. The judge must decide if Desmaret can handle a death penalty case, even with assistance from attorney Lee Hollander. If ruled competent, Hollander would then become Desmaret's standby attorney.

Judge Branning says that a psychologist will be speaking with Desmaret within the next ten days.

Desmaret is accused of shooting and killing Fort Myers police officer Adam Jobbers-Miller in 2018.

The trial is postponed until the judge decides if Desmaret will represent himself in court.