Attorney files to withdraw from Minot murder case

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MINOT, N.D. – UPDATE: Twenty-nine-year-old Christopher Vickerman appeared in court Wednesday for what was supposed to be his pretrial conference. Proceedings lasted all of five minutes when his assigned attorney failed to appear.

Vickerman is charged with AA-felony murder in the shooting death of his father, Mark Vickerman, in May.

He was supposed to have his pretrial conference Wednesday, but his assigned attorney, Eric Baumann, was working on a case in another county.

Court records indicate that Baumann filed motion to withdraw last week, saying his relationship with his client fell through.

But Baumann's name is still on the case file and Judge Douglas Mattson refused to move forward without having him present.

“I've seen his filings, we need to discuss those things. I can't make a decision until Mr. Baumann is here. He never asked permission not to be present in court. In a case like this, in that this is not your typical traffic ticket case,” said Mattson.

The rescheduled hearing will take place Thursday morning in Minot.


ORIGINAL STORY: The public defender who had been representing a man accused of killing his father in Minot has filed motion to withdraw, according to court records.

Eric Baumann filed motion to withdraw Dec. 5 as counsel for 29-year-old Christopher Vickerman.

Vickerman is charged with AA-felony murder in the killing of his father, 55-year-old Mark Vickerman, in Mark’s northwest Minot home on May 10.

Vickerman sent a letter to the clerk of court’s office earlier this month, claiming he had fired his public defender two months ago, and was trying to request a new attorney, according to court records.

Vickerman is scheduled to appear for a pretrial conference in the case Wednesday afternoon.

We’ll have more coverage on the Evening Report.