Stroupe To Represent Himself During Murder Trial – Transylvania County, NC
Last updated 3/8/2021 at 1:27pm
District Attorney Greg Newman announced that a judge is allowing Phillip Michael Stroupe to represent himself in the upcoming trial charging him with murder, kidnapping and robbery. In a brief hearing in the Henderson County Superior Court, Stroupe advised the court he wanted to fire his two lawyers and represent himself. The judge asked Stroupe several questions related to his request and determined that Stroupe was competent to make this decision. The judge also found Stroupe understands the nature and potential consequences of the criminal charges he is facing. The defense attorneys, though relieved of their duties of representation, will remain available to the defendant throughout the trial to assist him with any questions he may have. Barring further delays due to the pandemic, Newman intends to call the case for trial on July 12.