Bratcher requests new counsel


By Teri L. Hansen

Managing Editor

Noah Bratcher, 19, has requested new counsel for future proceedings in his case. Bratcher stands accused in the shooting death of 22-year-old Jordan Krell on June 11, 2018. Bratcher is requesting that his attorney Kevin Loeffler be removed as counsel citing “Mr. Loffler [sic] has failed to provide any substantial discover. He is failing the adversarial process itself.”

On June 11, 2018 at 12:25 a.m., emergency personnel responded to Mustang Mobile Park for a report of shots fired. The body of Krell was found in a vacant lot in the 400 block of Dale’s Draw. Krell was pronounced dead at the scene, the result of a gunshot wound, which was ruled a homicide.

The prosecution successfully argued that this case should be combined with a burglary Bratcher is accused of, that took place prior to the shooting. He is now charged with murder in the first degree, attempted aggravated robbery, burglary of a vehicle and theft of a firearm. The burglary is said to be how Bratcher obtained the weapon used in the shooting.

A hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday to determine if Bratcher will receive new counsel. His letter to Administrative Judge Joe Dickinson stated that Loeffler would not entertain a self-defense as a line of defense in the case and that he has failed to perform any witness interviews or investigation.

Bratcher at the time of the incident was 17 years old, though he will be tried as an adult. At the time of his arrest he was booked into juvenile detention. He was moved to the McPherson County Law Enforcement Center after he turned 18 on June 28, 2018 just weeks after the incident and has remained in custody since.

A jury trial is set to begin at 9 a.m., Feb. 3 and is expected to last five days. Pre-trial is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Jan. 16.

The Buzz will provide updates as the situation progresses.

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