Trial delayed after mix-up

Published 12:06 am Thursday, October 25, 2007

VIDALIA — The Wednesday court appearance of a man accused of attempted murder was delayed because he could not tell the court who his lawyer was.

Terrence Nix, of New Orleans, and Daryl White, of Ferriday, are accused as co-defendants on charges of attempted second-degree murder. Nix also faces a charge of aggravated battery.

When Nix appeared before Judge Leo Boothe for a trial of motions, his court appointed lawyer — indigent defender Andy Magoun — was not able to attend the court date.

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There was another problem, however, because a different lawyer had filed a motion to enroll as Nix’s legal counsel, Assistant District Attorney Brad Burget said.

When Boothe asked Nix if he knew the lawyer, Janet Malbrough of Opelousas, Nix replied he did not.

It was possible his mother had enlisted Malbrough’s services, but he did not know if his mother had in fact done so, Nix said.

When pressed by Boothe to name who his lawyer was, Nix eventually said that — though he did not know her — he would name Malbrough as his lawyer.

On March 21, Nix and White allegedly shot at a man as he and a passenger were getting out of a car in the parking lot of the Concordia Apartments at 200 Kyle Road.

The shooting reportedly resulted in one of the men having to have an arm amputated. The other victim was reportedly shot in the finger.

A woman and two children were reportedly in the car at the time.

The shooting was a retaliation for an earlier incident in which a group of people — including one of the victims — allegedly jumped one of the accused, Ferriday Police officials said at the time.