Ball hearing is postponed
MINDEN — A hearing to set a new trial date and appoint a second lawyer for Michael William Ball is scheduled for today.
Ball, 23, faces two felony counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance causing death or serious bodily harm and two charges of reckless driving causing death or serious bodily harm.
The fatal crash happened July 16 on Tillman Lane in the Gardnerville Ranchos. Tamra Dykes, 46, of Gardnerville, died instantly when her car was struck by a car allegedly driven by Ball. Travis Hayes, a passenger in Ball’s car, suffered a broken foot during the wreck.
Ball’s court-appointed lawyer, Terri Steik Roeser, withdrew from the case Jan. 29 because Ball no longer trusts her, she said.
Ball wrote in a Jan. 16 letter to District Court Judge David Gamble that he doesn’t trust Roeser to represent him because of the veteran lawyer’s close relationship with the Douglas County District Attorney and Sheriff’s offices.
Ball requested a lawyer from outside of the immediate area, but Gamble during last week’s hearing he would probably appoint Minden defense attorney Nathan Tod Young to replace Roeser.
However, Gamble said Tuesday that Young won’t be appointed because the Minden attorney has a conflict of interest in the case and cannot represent Ball.
Gamble said the hearing was delayed until Thursday so he can continue his search for Ball’s next court-appointed attorney.
Young was unavailable for Tuesday’s hearing, causing the two-day delay.
A four-day trial was scheduled to start Monday, but was scrapped last week when Roeser withdrew from the case.
Gamble also told Ball the next trial date he sets will go forward and reminded the accused man that the judge, not the defendant, is in charge of who is appointed to represent him.
Ball remains in jail on $200,000 bail. If convicted, Ball faces a maximum of 52 years in prison.