The prosecution in the case of Michael Jason Registe, accused of a 2007 double homicide in Columbus, plans to ask Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Doug Pullen to remove Registe's defense attorney from the case.
Stacey Jackson, a former Muscogee County Assistant District Attorney, was hired to represent the man who was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitive list before his arrest on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten a year ago.
Registe was scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning, but the 20-minute hearing in front of Pullen dealt mostly with Jackson's status as Registe's lawyer. Pullen asked the prosecution to have a motion to him by Tuesday and he will hold another hearing on Friday to deal with the attorney issue.
The hearing was held in a courtroom adjacent to the Muscogee County Jail. Registe didn't appear during the hearing.
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Jackson left the District Attorney's office in July of last year to join a local criminal defense practice. He was a prosecutor for eight years.
While Jackson had knowledge of the case and did some minor work in relation to the case, he said it was never assigned to him.
"I was not involved in the investigation, the indictment and never advised the officers or the ADAs on anything," Jackson said after the hearing.