N.H. woman accused of killing landlord dumps her lawyers

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FRANKLIN, N.H. (AP) – A woman accused of killing her landlord last summer has dismissed her lawyers.

Susan Disharoon, 49, faces alternate charges of first and second-degree murder in the shooting death of Syed “Ali” Hussain, a Manchester father of three.

She has clashed with her public defenders over a psychiatric evaluation that she claims was inaccurate and has been filing motions herself arguing she is competent to stand trial. In one motion, she accused lawyers Behzad Mirhashem and Caroline Brown of hikjacking her case by ignoring the strategy she wanted to pursue in favor of their own strategy.

The public defenders had notified the court of two defenses they could pursue: insanity or provocation manslaughter. They also said they had concerns about Disharoon’s competency to stand trial.

A judge responded by appointing two lawyers in private practice, John Kacavas and James Moir, to defend Disharoon.

Moir said given the large volume of material he must review in the case, he will ask the judge to delay the trial, which is set to begin Aug. 27. He said he did not know whether he would pursue an insanity defense.

“We have not decided anything at this point,” he said. “I intend to start from scratch.”

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