Homicide

Judge: Man accused of murder can represent himself

Judge: Man accused of murder can represent himself

A man charged with first-degree murder will be allowed to represent himself in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court.

Michael Alan Webb, 35, had pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his mother Edna Webb at an arraignment held in January, where the judge had declined Webb’s initial request to represent himself.

Edna Webb was found dead in her Brookside Haven townhome May 17, 2017, after suffering blunt force trauma, according to James City County Police.

At Wednesday’s motions hearing, Webb got his wish for self-representation.

“Mr. Webb still wants to represent himself,” said J. Terry Osborne, who had represented Webb. “I’m unable to...

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