WORCESTER (CBS) – The man charged with killing Vanessa Marcotte will be getting a new public defender.
Angelo Colon-Ortiz, of Worcester, is charged with murder in the death of Marcotte back in 2016.READ MORE: Victim In Lowell Homicide Identified As 22-Year-Old Dejah Jenkins-Minus
“It was clear he had no confidence in our ability to defend him,” said attorney Louis Aloise, who requested that Colon-Ortiz receive a new public defender Thursday. Aloise and Colon-Ortiz cited “irreconcilable differences” in court.
Marcotte, a 27-year-old Google executive and 2011 Boston College grad, was visiting her mother’s Princeton home from New York and went for a run the afternoon of Aug. 7, 2016. Her body was found naked and burned off Brooks Station Road, just a half mile from her mother’s home.READ MORE: Boston Store Owners, Vendors Cash In On Small Business Saturday
DNA evidence found under Marcotte’s fingernails led police to Colon-Ortiz. Police took a voluntary DNA sample from him, which matched the DNA found on Marcotte.
Colon-Ortiz was arrested in April 2016 and has pleaded not guilty to murder.MORE NEWS: Patriots Plane Flies UNH Men's Soccer Team To NCAA Tournament Game In Oregon
In December, the attorney representing Colon-Ortiz filed a motion stating that his client, whose native language is Spanish, doesn’t understand English and didn’t understand a police interpreter, so couldn’t voluntarily give a DNA sample. The attorney claimed that the collection of the DNA violated Colon-Ortiz’s constitutional rights.