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Van Horn gets counsel; trial date set

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Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - Fredrick Marshal Van Horn appeared in court before Judge Bob Carroll again on Wednesday, Jan. 17 and told the judge he had obtained legal counsel, thus clearing the way for the trial to proceed.

Van Horn is charged with 'deadly conduct' stemming from an incident in which he allegedly threatened a mower operator with a gun. Van Horn had previously refused services of a court-appointed attorney.

Claiming rights under what he called 'original jurisdiction,' Van Horn has repeatedly told Carroll he is 'trespassing' on the case.

Van Horn also said attorneys are obligated first to the court system, not to the client. In court, he told Carroll he had obtained legal assistance.

'I assume she is an attorney?' Carroll asked.

'No,' said Van Horn. 'I have said before, legal assistance.'

Carroll set the pre-trial hearing for Friday, Feb. 9 at 9:30 a.m. Trial will begin on Monday, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m.

In response to Van Horn's questions about 'probable cause' and 'case law,' Carroll said, 'These we will handle at pre-trial. You will have the entire day.'

'In regard to there actually being a necessity of even going forward,' Van Horn interrupted.

'This is the first time you've disclosed any facts,' Carroll said.

'The facts might justify a jury returning a verdict of not guilty. We will take these matters up one by one on Friday, Feb. 9.'

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