Columbus attorney Stacey Jackson became the lawyer for Michael Jason Registe on Tuesday, and said he intends to file a motion for a change of venue for the 26-year-old accused of a 2007 double homicide.
Jackson formally entered the case around 4:45 p.m., when he filed the paperwork in the Muscogee County Superior Court Clerk’s Office. He replaces Columbus Public Defender Bob Wadkins as the attorney for the former Spencer High School athlete who’s accused of the July 20, 2007, execution-style double homicide of Randy Newton Jr., 21, and Bryan Kilgore, 20.
“As of right now, my intentions are to be present for arraignment Friday and waive formal arraignment,” Jackson said.
Jackson didn’t know whether the judge would require Registe to be present at the 9:30 a.m. hearing, in which defendants are formally told what they’re charged with and told of their rights.
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Authorities say Registe fled the country after the deaths. He was put on the FBI’s Top 10 most wanted list, and was captured Aug. 27, 2008, on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, where he fought extradition for close to a year before being brought to Columbus on July 23.
Jackson has already filed several motions, and he said he intends to file a motion for change of venue, which would move the trial to another city in Georgia if granted.
Jackson has spoken with Registe, who’s being held in the Muscogee County Jail. The attorney intends to speak with Registe’s St. Maarten attorney, Remco Stomp, in the next few days.