OGDEN -- Attorney Randy Richards is not entitled to funding from Weber County to represent Matthew David Stewart, the man accused of killing an Ogden police officer and wounding five others in a Jan. 4 gun battle, a judge ruled today.
The order filed in 2nd District Court by Judge Noel S. Hyde says Richards can't be paid by the county because Stewart has not waived his right to indigent counsel.
Only court-appointed public defenders William Albright and Ryan Bushell who have been assigned to represent Stewart can be compensated by the county, the order says.
Richards may continue to provide representation through funds provided by Stewart or may volunteer his time on a pro bono basis, according to the order.
Stewart faces capital murder charges and seven other felony charges in a Jan. 4 shoot out at his house during a drug raid. Weber-Morgan Strike Force Agent Jared Francom, an Ogden police officer, died of his injuries and five other officers were wounded.