Defense requests private investigator in triple slaying in Auburn
Desmonte Leonard is charged with three counts of capital murder. (Source: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office)
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - A man accused of killing three people at a party in Auburn wants the state to pay for a private investigator to help him prepare his case.
An attorney for Desmonte Leonard filed a request for the state to provide up to $7,500 to hire an investigator because Leonard is indigent. Defense attorney Jeff Duffey recommended former Montgomery police officer Brad Bartlett, who is now a licensed investigator.
Leonard's attorneys also want the state to pay for other expert help they may need to make sure he gets a fair trial on three capital murder charges and two assault charges.
Leonard is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Opelika. District Judge Russell Bush will decide whether to send his case to a Lee Count grand jury.
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