Public defender appointed in manslaughter case |

Public defender appointed in manslaughter case

Judge Bruce Lubeck Monday morning appointed public defender Paul Quinlan to represent Erik Low against a manslaughter charge stemming from the 2003 shooting death of Michael Hirschey.

Lubeck did not set a trial date.

Low appeared in court shackled and wearing a white prison jumpsuit.

Bail is set at $250,000 cash.

Low was previously convicted of manslaughter in the case, but the state Supreme Court last summer reversed the 2005 conviction, ruling that there was an error in the instructions to the jury. The manslaughter conviction came after a second trial in the case. In the first, a mistrial was declared after the jury could not reach a verdict on a murder count against Low for the killing.

Ken Brown, who represented Low through the two previous trials, appeared on Monday asking to be appointed as the defense attorney in the upcoming trial. He said he would accept a nominal payment instead of his normal fee. Summit County Attorney David Brickey, the lead prosecutor, said Brown’s offer should not be considered on Monday. Brickey later said in an interview Low should not be granted a "special exception" for Brown to represent him. Public defenders like Quinlan are competent, Brickey said.

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