The Greencastle lawyer representing the former Putnam County Sheriff's Department Ombudsman who was arrested for allegedly stealing more than $45,000 in federal grant money no longer wants to defend his client in court.
Citing a "breakdown in the attorney-client relationship," Jeffrey Boggess filed motions in Putnam County Superior Court Tuesday to withdraw as Alexander's legal council.
Boggess agreed to waive the remainder of Alexander's fees and encouraged him to hire another attorney, the letter, which Boggess filed with his motion Tuesday, said.
The judges in the cases have not approved the motions.
Boggess, citing attorney-client confidentiality, declined to discuss the falling out with Alexander during an interview Monday
Alexander is on trial in three separate cases. The first, filed May 18, is for two counts of felony theft for allegedly stealing $45,527 in federal grant money from a Sheriff's Department account. Vermillion County Prosecutor Nina Alexander has been appointed the special prosecutor for the case. The jury trial is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 11.
Alexander is also standing trial for felony perjury, stemming from a statement he allegedly made in a civil suit that he did not draw income from the Sheriff's Department. The next hearing for that case is set for 2 p.m. Oct. 17. Parke County Circuit Court Judge Sam Swaim has been appointed the special judge in the case.
The final set of charges, three counts of felony theft, stem from allegations that he used Sheriff's Department money to buy a water heater and a Shop-Vac for his home and then charged his landlord for their cost. In July, Alexander pleaded "not guilty" to the charges. The former jail employee, who is being held at the Parke County Jail in Rockville, Ind., turned himself in to a Rockville Police Officer May 22 after he eluded police for several days when news broke that an Indiana State Police investigation implicated him in the theft of tens of thousands of dollars from the Sheriff's Department.