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Murder suspect's attorney wants to withdraw


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – An illegal immigrant charged with killing a high school senior in her Wausau apartment this spring may have to find a new lawyer.

Raul Ponce-Rocha’s attorney has asked to withdraw from the case. Gene Linehan filed the motion Monday.

In an affidavit, Linehan said Ponce-Rocha has failed to pay him a retainer fee despite several requests.

The court will likely set a hearing on the motion.

Linehan’s withdrawal could put a two-week jury trial in February in jeopardy since Ponce-Rocha’s new attorney would have to get caught up to speed on the case.

Prosecutors believe Ponce-Rocha beat and stabbed 18-year-old Breanna Schneller in her west side Wausau apartment May 2nd. They say tests link his DNA to crime scene evidence.