Kingman murder suspect may change his mind
A Kingman man charged with killing his mother in December said he might back out of an April plea agreement.
Robert Larue Brown Jr., who was arrested in California in January, had been charged with felony second-degree murder and vehicle theft.
He is being held on $135,000 bond.
Brown pleaded guilty in April to manslaughter and vehicle theft.
Brown's attorney, Daniel Kaiser, speaking by phone, filed a motion to withdraw from the case.
"The relationship between attorney and client is to the point where it would be to Brown's advantage to continue without my services," Kaiser said.
Mohave County Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss granted Kaiser's request and assigned the case to the Mohave County Public Defender's Office.
He set Brown's next hearing for July 11.
Brown also spoke in court, saying he is considering withdrawing from the plea agreement.
Brown believes he has not been fairly represented, he told Weiss.
Weiss said that once he is assigned another attorney, Brown can file a motion to withdraw from the plea agreement.
Deputy Mohave County Attorney Jace Zack said if Brown withdraws from the agreement, he would face the original charges of felony second-degree murder and vehicle theft.
The maximum sentence Brown could get if convicted of second-degree murder would be 22 years in prison.
Brown is charged with the strangulation murder of his mother, Cecilia Gloria Antipala, between Dec.
24 and 27.
Mohave County sheriff's deputies discovered Antipala's body Jan.
8 in a rolled-up rug in the bedroom of her Butler home.
Brown, 29, was arrested four days later in Long Beach, Calif., while driving in his mother's stolen car.
Antipala's other son living in Florida called his mother's home Christmas Day and again on her birthday, Dec.
She did not answer her phone either day.
He first contacted the Mohave County Sheriff's Office after the first of the year.
The sheriff was called again Jan.
8 and deputies entered Antipala's home where they found Antipala's body, according to sheriff's office records.
Antipala, 56, had rented the singlewide mobile home in the 3200 block of Potter Avenue for about two years, while Brown lived with her on and off for about a year.