A hearing in the case of Michael Jason Registe is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday.
Special prosecutor Laura Murphree had asked the court to remove defense attorney Stacey Jackson as Registe’s counsel because Jackson, a former prosecutor, was involved in the case in early 2008, while Registe was still a fugitive.
Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Doug Pullen delayed a ruling until he could hear from Deputy U.S. Marshal Patrick Ferguson, whom Jackson dealt with on search warrants for phone and credit card records of Registe’s sister, Monica Registe.
Jackson said today that he didn't specifically know the purpose of the hearing, only that he had been told to attend.
Registe, who made it on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list in connection with the 2007 double homicide of Randy Newton Jr. and Bryan Kilgore, is believed to have fled the country after the slayings. He was captured in August 2008 on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten and returned to Columbus in July.