YORK, Pa. (AP) - A judge has refused to accept the guilty plea of a man charged in the shooting death of his uncle after the defendant said he was unhappy with his attorney.

Twenty-one-year-old Carlos Garcia-Cordero of York was slated to enter the plea to third-degree murder in the Jan. 5 death of 27-year-old Luis Alberto Cruz.

Prosecutors said there was no agreement on prison time, but charges of first- and second-degree murder would be dropped.

Common Pleas Judge Richard Renn on Friday began asking the defendant standard questions about the plea, including whether he was satisfied with his public defender.

Garcia-Cordero replied that he was not, but was unable to say why.

Renn then scheduled his trial to begin Aug. 15 on charges including first-, second- and third-degree murder.

 

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