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Suspect in motorcycle shop standoff to represent himselfSubmitted: 01/18/2018
Suspect in motorcycle shop standoff to represent himself
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OSHKOSH - A defendant accused of initiating a fatal police standoff at a Neenah motorcycle shop will be allowed to represent himself at his upcoming trial.

That's after a judge allowed the ninth and tenth lawyers assigned to the case to withdraw.

A two-week trial for Brian Flatoff is expected to begin March 5th, more than two years after the standoff at Eagle Nation Cycles.

The standoff on December 15, 2015 ended after police mistakenly shot and killed one of the hostages who ran out the back of the building.

Flatoff is facing 16 charges, including two counts of attempted homicide and felony murder.

He's accused of shooting at officers and of initiating the sequence of events which led to the death of Michael Funk.

A Winnebago County judge approved a motion Wednesday allowing the attorneys to withdraw.

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MILWAUKEE - Heavy rains that flooded a section of Interstate 43 in the Milwaukee area left several motorists stranded.

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