Febonio Murder Update: Alfaro Ditches Public Defender, Hires Lauderdale Criminal Attorney
|Gearing up for some courtroom drama in the Febonio murder case|
Evidently spooked by the possibility of a death sentence and forced to supply his DNA at the request of prosecutors, Alfaro has ditched public defender Elizabeth Ramsey and hired Fort Lauderdale criminal attorney Michael B. Cohen to defend him.
Cohen appears to be a rather freighted choice for Alfaro. Although Cohen has worked as Broward assistant state attorney and assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, he also defended "Turnpike Killer" and drug-runner Ricardo Sanchez last year. In that case, which involved the execution of Luis and Yessica Escobedo and their two very young children, the attorney argued against the reliability of "circumstantial evidence." It's an argument that may come in handy in the Alfaro trial -- although in the Sanchez case it wasn't enough to convince the jury, which voted unanimously to give him the death penalty, the first such vote since 1988.
We spoke to Cohen by phone today, and predictably, the attorney couldn't tell us much about the details of the Alfaro case. "I just got involved a couple of weeks ago," he said. "I stepped in for the public defender, and it's very early on in the case to make any comment." Cohen did note that with more than 50 witnesses in the case and with so many depositions to take, it could take "a long time" before they're ready to go to trial.