Man charged with murder in Rochester fires lawyers, again

Created: November 15, 2019 06:50 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- It’s been more than a year since a Rochester man was shot in the face and killed at a mobile home park in Southeast Rochester.

The man charged with his murder was in court Friday, asking a judge to let him represent himself.


Friday afternoon Malcolm Woods, for the second time, fired his public defenders, choosing instead to represent himself.

In the year since Woods was charged with first and second-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm, he’s undergone two mental evaluations and was deemed fit to stand trial. 

In court Friday he told the judge he again wants to represent himself in that case, along with two other cases stemming from charges he’s racked up in jail.

In the new charges, Woods is accused of making threats over the phone to kill members of his family, and also for throwing urine at a guard.

Friday, an Olmsted County judge did appoint the public defender’s office as an advisory council for Woods to use as he chooses.

Woods’s next court appearance is scheduled for December 12. 

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