A mistrial was declared in a Wyandotte County murder case Monday morning after the defense attorney became ill Friday and had to be taken to a hospital.
The trial of Daniel Barlett began last Monday and was nearing its conclusion on Friday when veteran defense attorney Vernon Lewis became sick.
District Judge Michael Russell suspended the trial Friday. On Monday, after determining that Lewis was unable to continue, Russell declared the mistrial.
Wyandotte County Court Administrator Bill Burns said Russell soon will appoint another attorney for Barlett and has scheduled his next court appearance for Aug. 16.
Barlett, 30, is charged with first-degree murder in the September 2012 shooting death of 37-year-old Chad Ford, who was married to Barlett’s sister. The two men were former partners in a rap duo.
Barlett’s cousin, Michael McKeehan, also is charged in the case and is scheduled for a separate trial.