A San Francisco judge ruled this morning that he will allow a new attorney for the San Francisco lawyer convicted of murder in a fatal dog attack.
Marjorie Knoller´s second degree murder conviction by a Los Angeles jury last month was California´s first involving a killer dog.
Attorney Dennis Riordan will replace Nedra Ruiz. Riordan told San Francisco Superior Court Judge James Warren he would argue the evidence against Knoller was insufficient when he requests a new trial.
The defense must make its case before June seventh. That´s when Judge Warren intends either to sentence Knoller to 15 years to life in prison or grant her a new trial.
Prosecutor Jim Hammer says he´s sure Warren will uphold Knoller´s conviction. But Ruiz told reporters after today´s hearing that she´s sure the judge will find her conviction was unjust.
Knoller and her husband, Robert Noel, also were found guilty of manslaughter and having a mischievous dog that killed someone.
Noel faces up to four years in prison.