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Provo man accused in aunt's murder gets new attorney

By Spencer Garn | Posted - Mar. 24, 2011 at 11:26 a.m.

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PROVO — A man who wants to withdraw a guilty plea made in connection with the brutal murder and rape of his aunt, was assigned a new defense attorney Thursday.

Damien Candland, 23, became disenchanted with his attorneys after pleading guilty to aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, under their advisement.

The body of his aunt, Amy Candland, 41, was found in Hobble Creek Canyon on Feb. 21, 2010. Police said she had been beaten, raped and strangled.

Ed Brass will assume the defense of Damien Candland from attorneys Richard Gale and Thomas Means at Candland's next hearing in Provo's 4th District Court on May 12.

Means didn't offer much of an explanation for the change, but said he's sure Brass will protect Candland's rights.

It's expected that Judge James Taylor will consider whether or not to allow Candland to withdraw his plea during his motion hearing May 12.


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