LIMA — A Cridersville man charged with more than 50 sex-related felonies has parted ways with his court-appointed attorney after both men agreed a communications impasse had been reached.
Attorney John Hopkins recently filed a motion to withdraw as the defense lawyer for Jay Holliday, 39, in what he described as a mutual decision.
“We are not communicating effectively,” Hopkins told Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Terri Kohlrieser during Monday’s hearing. “Far from being on the same page, we’re not even on the same chapter of the same book,” the defense attorney said. “Jay suggested that I file this (motion to withdraw) and I agree. Our communication has deteriorated to the point where I can no longer defend him.”
Kohlrieser told Holliday that defendants have no constitutional guarantee that they will like an attorney appointed to represent them. “Lawyers are not there to tell you what you want to hear,” the judge said.
Kohlrieser agreed to let Hopkins walk away from the case, but also told Holliday that “I don’t want to see another motion from the next attorney saying you are not on the same page.”
“Yes m’am,” Holliday replied.
Holliday was indicted by a grand jury in May on two counts of trafficking in persons/involuntary servitude, first-degree felonies; four counts of rape, first-degree felonies; 15 counts of sexual battery, third-degree felonies; 14 counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, second-degree felonies; and 15 counts of felonious assault, second-degree felonies.
He is seeking to have more than a dozen charges dismissed and has filed a motion asking that his jury trial be separated into two parts — one for each of the alleged underaged victims in the case — on the remaining counts.
His wife, Christy Holliday, 29, of Lima, was indicted on one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony; one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a second-degree felony; and one count of sexual battery, a felony of the third degree.