Crime

Lasure gets new public defender

Toby Lasure entered the courtroom as he appeared before Circuit Judge Kimberly Bunnell for a status hearing in Fayette Circuit Court in Lexington on Friday.
Toby Lasure entered the courtroom as he appeared before Circuit Judge Kimberly Bunnell for a status hearing in Fayette Circuit Court in Lexington on Friday.

A second status hearing was scheduled for the trial of a Lexington man accused of killing his ex-boyfriend at a shopping center last year.

Public defender Rawl Kazee was appointed to represent Toby Ray Lasure because his previous defense attorney had a conflict of interest.

Lasure, 33, is accused of killing Christopher Tolliver, 31, who was shot March 5, 2009, in a parking lot at The Mall at Lexington Green off Nicholasville Road, and then leading police on a high-speed case. In addition to murder, he is charged with wanton endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and fleeing police.

Lexington attorney Kate Dunn withdrew Monday, the day Lasure's trial was scheduled to begin. She would not discuss the conflict but said it wasn't anything Lasure had done.

Friday's status hearing was scheduled to set a new trial date. On Friday, Kazee said he was meeting with Dunn to review the case and he was "not in a position to set a trial date."

Judge Kimberly Bunnell set the next hearing for Aug. 13 at 1 p.m.

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