The man accused of murder in a stabbing last summer wants to be represented by an Outside lawyer.
Michael MacPherson, 32, appeared in court briefly Tuesday. He told Justice Leigh Gower that Yukon’s legal aid assigned him a local lawyer and told him he doesn’t get to choose who represents him.
MacPherson said he wants to be represented by B.C. lawyer Ray Dieno. Dieno is probably best known in the Yukon for being Norman LaRue’s legal aid lawyer at his murder trial last year.
MacPherson said he knows Dieno and trusts him.
“I can’t go forward with a counsel that I have no faith in and has no faith in me,” he said.
MacPherson told the court he is appealing legal aid’s decision, but he doesn’t know when he will hear back from them.
Gower adjourned the case until the last week in November.
MacPherson is facing a second degree murder charge in the stabbing death of 27-year-old Tanner Sinclair.