Granville Ritchie: Public defender to withdraw

Tampa, Florida -- There's been an unexpected development in the case of a Temple Terrace man now charged with killing 9-year-old Felecia Williams.

Granville Ritchie's public defender has asked the court for a hearing on Tuesday to withdraw as Ritchie's counsel.

The public defender did not say whether Ritchie, 35, has hired a private lawyer, or if Regional Conflict Counsel will represent him.

Meanwhile the state attorney asked for a hearing on Thursday for pretrial detention for Ritchie. The judge granted both motions on Monday morning.

Ritchie is charged with first degree murder, sexual battery and aggravated child abuse in Felecia Williams' death.

Felecia's cousin Rashida Johnson previously told 10 News her family is staying strong but, "I just can't believe he did that to her," she said. "She didn't deserve that... it's hard for all of us to deal with it, you know, but we have to take it one day at a time."


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