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Murder suspect's attorney withdraws at client's urging

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MURPHYSBORO -- The court-appointed attorney for a woman charged in the 2016 death of Robin Stief has withdrawn from the case, at the urging of his client.

Tiesha Anderson, 23, was expected to enter a plea on Thursday,  but things took a surprising turn.

Her attorney, Thomas Mansfield, requested the judge dismiss him from the case.

Anderson said she was not satisfied with his performance and felt he left her in the dark about her case.

Mansfield said Anderson also sent a letter, questioning his competence, to the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Committee. 

Mansfield said Anderson's complaints about him had no basis in fact.

Casey Bloodworth, the Jackson County Assistant State's Attorney, called Anderson's efforts to get her attorney to withdraw "nothing more than a delay tactic."

Nevertheless, the judge accepted Mansfield's motion and withdrew him from the case.

The court will now search for another court-appointed attorney for Anderson, which the judge said will take a while.

The judge said the new attorney will also have to spend a considerable amount of time getting caught up on the case, meaning more delays are inevitable.

Aside from Anderson, two other suspects were also charged in the death of Stief, a Mt. Vernon woman whose burned body was found in a trash can in Carbondale.

Lauren Stinde pleaded guilty, but has yet to be sentenced.

A third suspect, Robert Dennis, is awaiting trial. 

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