Slaughter's lawyer no longer involved
Jackie Slaughter will have a new, court-appointed, attorney when he returns to the Graham County Courthouse on a first-degree kidnapping charge on Feb. 27.
Monday, Judge Richard J. Walker appointed attorney Chris Siewers to represent Slaughter despite the accused’s insistence that he is represented by attorney Vicki Jayne.
“That person is not on my list, Transylvania County is a long way from here and I’m not familiar with that person,” Walker told Slaughter.
Jayne is the Asheville attorney who defended Slaughter, 54, of Robbinsville, on first-degree murder charges that he stabbed Robert Smith, 61, to death in his home in Robbinsville in 2012. Superior Court Judge Bradley Letts dismissed the first-degree murder charges against Slaughter after Jayne presented a motion that claimed Slaughter was unable to assist in his defense because his memory was erased when Graham County deputies (no longer employed by the department) repeatedly shot him with Taser guns.
When Slaughter stated that Jayne was defending him on charges that could be related to the current charge, Judge Walker said, “I think you need to have a local attorney. I’m sure she’s a fine attorney, I just don’t know her.”
Slaughter then asked if he could ask for a specific attorney. “That’s not the way the court works. We have a list we work off of,” Judge Walker replied. “Your situation is complicated, Mr. Siewers and Miss Jayne can discuss the matter and hopefully simplify things for you procedurally.”
Tuesday, Jayne told The Graham Star she will not be representing Slaughter. “In my position with the capital defender office I can only represent people charged with potentially capital cases, which includes unspecified murder. In addition, if that client has other charges related or unrelated I can take on those as well,” Jayne said.
Slaughter was arrested in Cherokee County on a charge of first-degree kidnapping late last month. According to Cherokee County Sheriff Derrick Palmer, Slaughter is accused of kidnapping a family member and bringing her to Cherokee County on Tatham Gap Road.
According to Palmer, the victim got away from Slaughter and called 911 while he was allegedly inspecting a car on someone’s property in the Tatham Gap area, resulting in a second degree trespass charge.
Palmer said Slaughter was “acting strange” during questioning at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Specifically, Slaughter was trying to sit in a detention center vehicle.
Probable cause could not be found for any charges beyond the trespassing, and the case was turned over to the SBI, which is also investigating the recent death of Slaughter’s wife, Sharon.
The SBI investigation led to a warrant for Slaughter’s arrest on the kidnapping charge in Graham County, which issued a warrant for his arrest.
Slaughter was scheduled to appear in Cherokee County court on Wednesday.