Galesburg attorney Sherry Lawson-Weaver today withdrew as the latest attorney for 18-year-old Alex Horton, one of two people arrested weeks after the shooting death last December 22nd of 15-year-old Javon Butler.
Lawson-Weaver told Judge Paul Mangieri during a hearing in Knox County Circuit Court that she, too, had a potential conflict of interest, related to one of the potential witnesses that could be called to testify at trial.
Horton faces felony charges of Possession of a Weapon by a Street Gang Member, and Possession of a Firearm Without a Requisite Firearm Owners I.D. Card.
Butler was found in the backyard of a home in the six-hundred block of Monmouth Boulevard, and ended up being pronounced dead at the scene.
Mangieri today appointed attorney Chad Long to represent Horton, and scheduled a first appearance for Thursday morning. He’s now the fourth attorney to represent Horton, who remains held in the Knox County Jail on 250-thousand dollars bond.
The teen charged with the murder of Butler — 18-year-old Brandon Kenney, is scheduled for a pre-trial conference in June and also remains incarcerated. Public Defender Jim Harrell continues to represent him.