The trial for a 17-year-old Bel Air teen accused of killing his father has been postponed for a second time until May.
Robert C. Richardson III is charged with first- and second-degree murder in the death Jan. 9 of his father. Richardson, who has been held without bail for nearly a year, is charged as an adult.
The trial was postponed when Richardson's lawyer, Marc G. Snyder, turned the case over to the state's public defender's office. Snyder, who had accepted the case pro bono, said the case became too expensive for him to continue. He sought to hire expert witnesses, such as a psychiatrist and medical examiner, to testify, Snyder said, but each would cost thousands of dollars.
"I believe in him," Snyder said of Richardson. "It was a very hard decision. My only concern was what was right for him."
Snyder said he provided binders of information to the public defender's office, including summaries of interviews from Richardson's friends and families and school officials. Richardson's newly assigned public defender, Kay Beehler, declined to comment.
Harford County State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly also declined to comment on the specifics of the case.
The trial had originally been postponed from July until January because of a change in prosecutors.
Many in the community have rallied around Richardson, primarily through a Facebook page, "Free Robert (Bob) Richardson III," that has garnered more than 1,400 "likes."
Richardson allegedly shot his 58-year-old father, Robert C. Richardson Jr., and left his body in a pond near his grandmother's house in Aberdeen. His mother died of cancer years earlier.
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