Capital murder suspect defends himself, then changes mind

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - There were two twists Tuesday in a nearly two year old capital murder case.

John Paul Necaise initially decided to represent himself. So even though the defendant had three court appointed attorneys at his defense table, Necaise questioned the first witnesses who took the stand Tuesday.

The suspect in this capital murder case is accused of the November 2008 kidnapping and stabbing Frank Roberts. Authorities found the elderly Gulfport man's body, and his car, in the woods behind Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.


Twist number two came late in the day's proceedings, when the defendant told the judge he had changed his mind, and suddenly wanted his attorneys to argue his case. The trial resumes Wednesday.

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