Masters trial gets off to late start today

SMITH COUNTY (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - The murder trial for Shams Masters got a late start this morning after Judge Christi Kennedy ruled there was no conflict of interest with defense attorney LaJuanda Lacy continuing to represent her client.

Yesterday, Michael Moses, a witness was being questioned about his prior burglary conviction by Ms. Lacy when he said Ms. Lacy had represented him in the burglary case.

The court appointed Tyler defense attorney Brett Harrison to question Lacy and her co-counsel Melvin Thompson about their ability to be objective in the case.

Although Lacy expressed some concern about her ability to question Moses freely, the court ruled that there was no immediate conflict and that Lacy could continue to represent Masters.

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