The suspect in the case for missing Amy Patterson will be on trial for two counts of theft in Madison County on Monday.
Forty-five year old Daniel Proctor is accused of stealing a pistol and a truck from a friend, in what authorities believe to be an attempt to flee after people starting questioning the disappearance of his ex-wife Amy Patterson.
The theft was reported in August 2011, a month after Patterson was reported missing in Florida and Proctor told her employers that she had been killed in a car accident in Houston.
In a move that local attorney Mark McDaniel calls an act of “jailhouse bravado,” Proctor has chosen to represent himself in Monday’s theft trial.
“If there is a case where a defendant does not need to be “pro se” and needs to have a lawyer, it’s this case. This case is serious, but it isn’t near as serious as the case in Florida,” said McDaniel, who is not involved in the case.
McDaniel says the theft trial could be the nail in the coffin for Proctor if he doesn’t change his mind and turn to his stand-by attorney, Larry Marsili, for help. Marsili has had no hand in discovery of evidence or trial strategy, and can only help if Proctor asks him for assistance.
McDaniel has little doubt prosecutors will take advantage of Proctor’s ignorance of courtroom rules and procedures.
“I’d tell you pretty much certainly the prosecutor is going to ask questions about things in Florida. If Proctor doesn’t know to object and answers the questions it can really go downhill real fast.”
Florida authorities are still investigating the disappearance of Amy Patterson. Her family asks anyone with any information to call Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.