ATHENS , Ala. (WHNT) – Yet another delay in a Limestone County murder trial that was set to begin today. Jamie Pigg is charged with the beating and shooting death of his grandmother. But as the trial was about to get underway, his defense attorney asked to be excused from the case.
We heard an indication that Pigg was getting legal advice from another inmate, a so-called jailhouse lawyer. Pigg has been in the Limestone County jail since his arrest. Although prosecutors and his defense attorney said they were ready for trial, Pigg wasn’t.
The move clearly angered both District Attorney Brian Jones and Circuit Court Judge James Woodroof who admonished Pigg saying “I don’t want to deal with this again.” He told Pigg “You are not a lawyer and there are not any lawyers in jail with you. What you need to do is listen to your lawyer.” And with that, Judge Woodroof released Harlan Mitchell and appointed another attorney for Pigg.
“It kinda bothers me in one sense in that i wasn’t able to successfully represent Mr. Pigg but his views and my views on how the case should proceed just became different and we couldn’t work together as a team so he was better off to have someone else repesenting him,” Mitchell told reporters after the hearing.
Pigg is charged with the March 27, 2012 beating and shooting death of his 69-year old grandmother as she tried to have him evicted from her home for doing illegal drugs. Just a week before her death, Barbara Delaney wrote in the eviction papers his bad habits are affecting my health. Mrs. Delaney was beaten with a hammer and then shot as she tried to crawl away from the attack. Months later, the hammer believed used in the attack was found in the Tennessee River backwaters off Highway 67 in Morgan County. At last report the gun had not been found.
The court appointed Attorney Lucas Beaty to defend Pigg. The trial has been rescheduled for the September docket.
Pigg was arrested in 2010, two years before the murder, on a domestic violence charge that also involved his grandmother.