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New lawyer for accused Wisconsin serial killer


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A man accused of killing seven women in Milwaukee will get a new lawyer, which will likely delay his trial.

Walter Ellis told Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet Wednesday that he hadn't had enough contact with his lawyer, Russell Jones, and when Jones does visit they don't talk about the case. Dallet spent much of the 45-minute hearing trying to convince Ellis that Jones, who was retained, was doing a good job and that he would likely get a court-appointed attorney with fewer resources. Dallet says the May trial date will likely be delayed.

The 49-year-old Ellis has pleaded not guilty to first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree murder in the deaths between 1986 and 2007.

Tomesia Miller, a sister of homicide victim Tanya Miller, says she's frustrated that the trial will be delayed but says she's sure Ellis will eventually be found guilty.

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