Murder-accused gets new lawyer

Last updated 11:54 23/05/2013

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A new lawyer has been appointed in the case of a Christchurch man charged with murdering a woman in Linwood last year.

Paul McMenamin has stepped in as defence counsel in 52-year-old Timothy Joseph Foley's case, who is alleged to have killed Michelle Mary Lawrence in June 2012.

The 41-year-old died in hospital three weeks after the assault.

Foley remains in custody after a pre-trial conference before Justice Christian Whata in the High Court at Christchurch today.

McMenamin has been appointed this week.

The case was remanded to a further pre-trial conference on June 21. It is unknown whether the trial will be able to go ahead in September as previously arranged.

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