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Attorney leaves former EPD officer accused of theft's case

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The defense attorney for Aaron T. Smith, a former El Dorado Police Department officer arrested and charged in April with tampering with physical evidence, abuse of office and theft of property -- all felony offenses -- has exited the case.

According to court records, defense attorney Gary McDonald first filed a motion to withdraw as Smith's counsel on Aug. 4.

In that motion, McDonald listed causes for his motion to withdraw, including the defendant demonstrating "unwillingness to follow the advice" offered to him.

The motion goes on to allege Smith's "non-compliance" with a defense strategy "despite efforts of the [defense attorney] to impress upon........

© El Dorado News Times

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