Second attorney withdraws from Minot murder case

A district judge has allowed a public defender to withdraw from the case of a man accused murdering his girlfriend—the second attorney to withdraw from the case.

Investigators say that 27-year-old Bradley Morales fatally stabbed his girlfriend Sharmaine Leake Aug. 16 in the neck. Leake initially survived but died several days later at the hospital.

Daniel Borgen, a public defender, filed motion to withdraw as legal counsel, after having only represented Morales for a week.

In court Thursday Morales showed frustration with the fact that Borgen had showed up late to a meeting with him.

Borgen said he was unaware he had to set up an appointment to meet with a client in the Ward County Jail.

Judge Douglas Mattson said that Borgen was only following protocol, but approved the motion to withdraw.

Morales’ first attorney Raissa Carpenter withdrew from the case for personal reasons.

Morales will appear for his preliminary hearing and arraignment Dec. 5. He could face life in prison if convicted of murder.

Leake left behind three young children.