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Murder suspect's attorney wants to withdraw

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Raul Ponce Rocha is charged with beating, stabbing and strangling DC Everest high school senior Breanna Schneller in her west side Wausau apartment May 2nd.
Raul Ponce Rocha is charged with beating, stabbing and strangling DC Everest high school senior Breanna Schneller in her west side Wausau apartment May 2nd.

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.

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