WICHITA — The murder trial of a Wichita man scheduled for this week has been continued because his lawyer had a conflict of interest.
Casey Cotton, lawyer for Robert Reed, learned Friday that a witness in the case was represented by his firm, Sedgwick County District Judge Anthony Powell said.
Cotton stepped out of the case, and Powell rescheduled the trial so Reed could be appointed a new lawyer.
Reed, accused of shooting a man on the eve of his wedding in May 2009, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
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He is one of three people charged in the shooting death of Vincent Barnes. Reed's brother and another man also face charges.
According to testimony at his preliminary hearing, Reed and his brother had been drinking at a bar and went to Barnes' apartment, near Central and West Street, looking for drugs.
But no drugs were found in Barnes' apartment or on the Reeds.
A scuffle broke out inside the apartment and Barnes was shot once in the stomach.