The lawyer for a Madison man accused of torturing and starving his teenage daughter has quit the case.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports http://bit.ly/XEMWQe Dane County Circuit Judge Julie Genovese allowed William Hayes to withdraw from Chad Chritton's case. Hayes initially represented Chritton privately but became court-appointed in October.
Hayes wrote in a motion to leave the case that it was causing him deep financial harm. Genovese on Tuesday authorized the county to pay Hayes about $16,000.
A jury last month convicted Chritton of child neglect but deadlocked on counts of reckless endangerment, causing mental harm to a child, child abuse and false imprisonment. Prosecutors say they plan to retry him on those counts.
Genovese ordered Chritton to find a new attorney immediately.