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Alleged Auburn Gunman In Court, Appointed Counsel

Desmonte Leonard in courth Thursday.

Desmonte Leonard, charged in three slayings near Auburn University,  had three attorneys appointed for him Thursday after telling a judge he could afford to pay for his legal defense.

Leonard, his hands and feet chained, had his first appearance in a heavily guarded courtroom before a judge in Opelika, Ala.. He’s facing three counts of capital murder and two assault charges in the shootings last weekend. The dead included two former Auburn football players, and a current player was among the three injured.

The 22-year-old Leonard told a judge he can’t afford to pay for a legal defense. So the judge appointed three Montgomery attorneys to represent Leonard at taxpayer expense.

It was his first public appearance since eluding police for three days after the shooting. He surrendered to authorities on Tuesday night in Montgomery.
Leonard showed little emotions.
“He’s fine under the circumstances. He’s holding up well,” said attorney Denise Simmons, who met Leonard Thursday morning.
She was asked if Leonard showed remorse. “He’s a young man in a situation who is in a situation right now,” she said.

Leonard says he understands the charges against him. He is jailed without bond.

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