Dallas Huston was convicted of second-degree murder on Feb. 4 in
the death of Ryan Johnson.
Huston requested a new attorney during a hearing on Thursday in
Lancaster County District Court. He blamed his public defender for his conviction, arguing he was ineffective at trial.
The Lincoln newspaper says Judge John Colborn on Friday said he would appoint the Commission of Public Advocacy to represent Huston, not because he found truth to Huston's claims, but simply because he made the allegations. Normally, the judge says, such claims are handled in an appeal, after sentencing.
The change means a delay in Huston's sentencing, which was set for Monday.