Stanley Liggins says "I'm tired of sitting in this jail", asks for new lawyer

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - UPDATE: The judge granted the request for a new attorney.

A man twice convicted of killing a 9-year-old Rock island girl wants a new lawyer, but the Scott County prosecutor says that could mean another long delay in the third murder trial scheduled for next month.

Stanley Liggins was back in court Thurs,. April 20, 2017 asking for new representation. He's accused of killing Jennifer Lewis. The girl's burned body was found at a Davenport playground in 1990. In court, Liggins complained about his attorney, Derrick Jones.

"I'm tired of sitting in this jail. I'm tired of coming up here. I know you all are tired of seeing me. The feeling is mutual. I just want to be represented right," Liggins told the judge.

Jones said he cannot represent Liggins anymore because their relationship has become "toxic".

But Scott County Attorney Michael Walton said Liggins knows the system and wants to call the shots. Walton said any change could result in another long delay.
The previous conviction was overturned in 2013. The new trial is scheduled for May 22, 2017.

The judge is expected to make a decision soon.