Two new lawyers were appointed to represent Ty Michael Hill, one of five defendants in the Dystiny Myers homicide case.
Thomas Allen and Bill McLennan were appointed by Judge Barry LaBarbera because they qualify to handle death penalty cases. They will take over for Raymond Allen, Hill's previous court-appointed lawyer.
Hill is the only defendant who will face the death penalty, according to statements made in court by Tim Covello, the chief deputy district attorney prosecuting the case.
Hill and co-defendants Rhonda Maye Wisto, Cody Miller, Jason Greenwell and Frank Jacob York are scheduled to appear in court for a trial-setting conference on April 8 at 9 a.m.
Myers’ burned body was found bound and beaten Sept. 26 in a remote Santa Margarita field.
Each of the defendants has pleaded not guilty.