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Med student beating suspect misses deadline for new attorney

Mar. 27, 2014 @ 10:35 AM

HUNTINGTON — A Huntington man accused of two robberies, including that of a Marshall University medical student, did not meet a court-imposed deadline to hire a new attorney, according to Cabell County Prosecutor Corky Hammers.

Duane Scott Maynard, 27, appeared Thursday before Cabell Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell.

Maynard faces two counts of robbery. The charges involve the Jan. 9, 2013, beating and robbery of the medical student, followed by the June 13, 2013, attack of an older woman at a grocery store months later.

Maynard told the court in early March he wanted a new attorney, essentially firing his public defender and rejecting a plea deal extended by prosecutors.
Farrell gave him 17 days to hire private counsel, but he missed that deadline, Hammers said. The judge scheduled the case for another status conference April 10.

Attorneys did not disclose specifics of the early March agreement, but it marked the second time Maynard rejected such an offer. The previous deal would have included a 40-year prison sentence for the medical student attack in exchange for dismissal of the remaining charge.

The medical student, then 24, was returning from class at the Erma Ora Byrd Clinical Center when a man attacked her. It occurred about a block from her residence. He fled with her cellphone, leaving her behind with serious lacerations to her face and head, along with a broken nose and a concussion, police reported.

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