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Murder suspect representing himself set to change plea Monday

Richard Polaski

Richard Polaski

KINGMAN – Murder suspect Richard Joseph Polaski, who appeared before Judge Lee Jantzen on Tuesday in Mohave County Superior Court, will make a change of plea at his next court date Monday.

Polaski, sporting a gray beard and using a walker, is acting as his own attorney and previously had a not guilty plea recorded. Deputy Public Defender Elizabeth Gonzalez acted as his advisory council. She was filling in for Deputy Public Defender Robin Puchek.

Jantzen told Polaski that he didn’t have to enter a change of plea Monday. “We’ll talk in more detail on Monday,” said Jantzen. The prosecutor is Jonathan Taylor.

Polaski is charged with first-degree murder.

Polaski, 63, confessed July 16 that he stabbed John Holland, 63, of Kingman, to death and buried the body in his backyard, authorities said.

Law enforcement personnel dug up a body buried in concrete Aug. 29 in a home’s backyard on Lass Avenue. The Mohave County Coroner and Medical Examiner confirmed the body was Holland.

Polaski told investigators that he got into an argument with Holland before he killed him.

Holland was said to have had “upwards of a few million dollars in a Merrill Lynch account which Polaski gained access to by forging documents and obtaining a power of attorney over (Holland) after his murder,” according to a search warrant affidavit.

“I don’t want to waste the court’s time,” Polaski said at a court appearance Sept. 20. “I killed him.” Polaski also mentioned he did it in self-defense.

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