A hearing today to determine whether Stacey Jackson can continue to serve as Michael Registe's defense attorney has been postponed because of a death in Superior Court Judge Doug Pullen's family.
Court officials said Pullen's father-in-law had passed away, and Pullen had left to spend time with the family.
Jackson, a former Muscogee County assistant district attorney, is representing Registe, now 26, who is accused of the 2007 execution-style deaths of Randy Newton Jr., 21, and Bryan Kilgore, 20, in Columbus. After fleeing the country, Registe was catured Aug. 27, 2008, on St. Maarten, an island in the Netherlands Antilles.
Special prosecutor Laura Murphree has asked the court to remove Jackson as Registe's counsel because Jackson was involved in the case in early 2008, while Registe was still a fugitive.
Because Pullen has held one hearing on the Registe case, no other judge can determine whether Jackson may continue to represent Registe.
No court date has been set.