Judge replaces attorney in Swanson case | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Judge replaces attorney in Swanson case

Adam Jensen
Adam Jensen / Tahoe Daily TribuneAndrew Sanford, left, speaks with now former attorney Clifford Safranski during a Monday hearing in El Dorado County Superior Court in Placerville.

Andrew Sanford, the man accused of killing a teenage gas station attendant in South Lake Tahoe more than 30 years ago, got a new attorney this week.

Deputy Public Defender Clifford Safranski asked El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimister to relieve him as Sanford’s attorney during a Monday hearing in Placerville, saying the El Dorado County Public Defender’s Office has a potential conflict of interest.

The office is representing a witness in the case who has confidential information that may be detrimental to Sanford, Safranski told Phimister.

Following the request, Phimister appointed attorney Erik Schlueter to represent Sanford.

Prosecutors have accused Sanford of murdering 16-year-old Richard Swanson during a robbery at the former South “Y” Shell station Aug. 14, 1980. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail in El Dorado County’s Placerville jail.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for April 18.

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