A preliminary hearing for Troy James Knapp, who police believe is the notorious cabin burglar known as the "Mountain Man," will proceed next month, even after Knapp fired his own attorney.
Defense attorney Lawrence Hunt told 6th District Judge Wallace Lee on Thursday that Knapp sent him a letter firing him from the case. Hunt, who was assigned to Knapp's case as a public defender, asked Lee to be released, according to court documents.
Sanpete County Attorney Brody Keisel objected, asking that Hunt be left on the case to answer legal questions, and Lee said his inclination was to leave the public defender on the case, according to court records. But Hunt objected again, and Knapp reiterated to the judge that he wanted to continue without an attorney, so Lee allowed Hunt to withdraw.