Tate Gets New Attorney

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Convicted child killer Lionel Tate will have a new attorney defending him.

Ellis Rubin says he was contacted by Tate's aunt and mother. They asked him to take over the 18 year old's case from a public defender with whom Tate had been clashing.

Rubin has made a career defending controversial and notorious clients.

Tate once was the youngest person in modern U-S history sentenced to life in prison. He's on probation for the 1999 killing of 6-year-old Tiffany Eunick, which happened when Tate was 12.

Defense attorneys initially claimed he accidentally killed the girl while imitating professional wrestling moves he saw on television.

Tate's accused of violating terms of his probation by allegedly robbing a pizza delivery man.

His probation violation hearing on Monday was postponed after a judge was presented with a handwritten letter from Tate. It said the teen was "hearing voices" and had contemplated suicide.

A psychological evaluation was ordered.


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