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Anderson Murder Trial
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Anderson refuses state-appointed attorney, seeks private counsel


Story By Cooper Henckel
Local News Published 11/22/2021 5:05PM, Last Updated 11/22/2021 7:09PM
Rhinelander - Christopher Anderson appeared by Zoom along with a state-appointed defense attorney for a pre-trial hearing in his murder case Monday. In court, Anderson refused to allow that attorney to represent him, while otherwise largely refusing to answer the judge's questions, at least in English.

"I'm not
in pro se," Anderson said.

It's a mixed Latin phrase that essentially means Anderson isn't speaking as his own formal legal representation. He told the court his family was seeking private representation, but provided no details on who they were seeking, when they would have an answer for the court, nor why Anderson would not allow the state-appointed attorney to represent him. When pressed on details about private counsel, Anderson said his family was organizing the effort on his behalf.

"Not sure yet. I gotta get back in contact with them," said Anderson.

"Will they know what's going on by the day after tomorrow?" Bloom asked.

"Not sure. It may take some time," Anderson said.

Bloom ultimately ordered Anderson to return to court next Monday with a clear plan for his defense.

"I'm going to need to hear from you in English, not Latin, exactly what's' going on, exactly what's happening, and exactly what's been put in place to further your desire to hire private counsel," Bloom said.

Both of Hannah Miller's alleged killers will be back in court next week.

Seth Wakefield, Anderson's alleged accomplice in stalking and planning Miller's murder, will be in court December 2 for a competency hearing.

Anderson will appear before Bloom again on November 29.
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