Appointing a fourth defense attorney to the case because the previous three weren't liked by the defendant, a federal judge has again delayed the trial of a South Side man facing charges of bank robbery and the attempted murder of a Chicago police officer.
Daniel Salley is now scheduled to stand trial in October � more than four years after he allegedly shot Detective Joseph Airhart in the head and took him hostage in a two-hour police standoff in 2001. Airhart, who was permanently disabled in the incident, was part of an FBI task force trying to serve a bank-robbery arrest warrant on Salley. . . .
[S]ince his arrest, Salley was found to be mentally incompetent to stand trial, and then ruled competent. He appealed both rulings. He has refused to speak with three different court-appointed attorneys � but also hasn't agreed to represent himself.
"I think the best thing to do is to appoint one more lawyer," U.S. District Judge Wayne Andersen told Salley at a hearing Thursday. "And if you don't get along with that attorney, you're on your own."