Murder Suspect Seeks Permission To Serve As His Own Attorney

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A man accused in a fatal shooting in Lewiston last fall is asking a judge for permission to act as his own attorney during the upcoming trial.

Second District Judge Jeff Brudie says he will rule next week on the motion filed by Leotis Branigh III, of Clarkston, Washington.

Branigh has pleaded innocent to first-degree murder in the October First shooting of 32-year-old Michael Johnston.

Branigh is also charged with one county felony eluding stemming from the high-speed chase with police between Clarkston and Lewiston the night of the shooting.

Branigh has been held in the Nez Perce County Jail since his arrest. But the judge may rule Thursday on bond in the case, which could enable Branigh to be released pending trial.

Nez Perce County Deputy Prosecutor Mia Vowels is urging the judge to set bond at $1 million considering the severity of the charges.