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Judge Appoints Backup Attorneys In Lane Case

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WAYNE COUNTY, N.C. — A judge in the case of a man accused of killing a 5-year-old girl was appointed two backup attorneys in a hearing Monday.

Eric Lane, charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of Precious Whitfield, will technically represent himself, even though the judge appointed two lawyers to assist Lane.

Monday's hearing to set a new court date for Lane was continued until Feb. 7.

"You're talking about the ultimate punishment -- capital punishment -- and it's paramount in everyone's mind to give everyone as fair a trial as possible," said Branny Vickory, Wayne County district attorney.

The trial has been delayed on account of a mental evaluation, Lane attempting to fire his attorney and juror misconduct.

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