The incident spurred Holicker to request the psychiatric evaluation a week later. During that hearing, Bloom also granted the gag order based on fears that police and prosecutors were releasing prejudicial information about the case to the media.
Holicker, speaking of Wednesday's plea, said that he has "worked hard to dissuade [March] from this course of action," and that he was uncomfortable moving ahead with the agreement.
Bloom said that he recognized Holicker is a competent attorney, but decided to appoint an additional lawyer to represent March for a second opinion on whether proceeding with a plea agreement later this month would be in March's best interest.
Holicker objected to the judge moving the original trial date, which was set for Dec. 10 and asked the judge to dismiss the case in light of the late forensic results. The suggestion caused a bristling among Goble's family members and prompted a deputy to warn one man to quiet down.
Billy Herrald, a Goble family friend and spokesman, said after the hearing that Holicker's request to have the charges dropped was "upsetting," but not totally unexpected.
"Of course that's absurd," he said. "But we understand that's his job."
Herrald also said the family expected the judge to reject Wednesday's plea based on the incomplete evidence. He said the family just wants to put the case in the past.
"This isn't a surprise," he said," but it's a little bit of a disappointment."
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