Russell Tillis ruled competent for trial
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Russell Tillis has been ruled competent for prosecution following a two-day mental evaluation hearing. The ruling was made after Judge Mark Borello heard four psychologists who examined Tillis. Police said the womans remains were found in the yard of his Southside home in 2016 while Tillis was in jail on unrelated charges. RELATED: Russell Tillis admits killing, dismembering captive women in jailhouse confessionThe case has dragged on for years as Tillis has fought with his lawyers. Hes now on his 11th and 12th attorneys, and hes trying to get rid of one of them.
Russell Tillis' 12th lawyer is on the case
Attorney Donald Mairs (pictured left), attorney Chuck Fletcher (center) and Russell Tillis (right) appear in court Thursday morning. A judge appointed Donald Mairs as the 12th lawyer for Russell Tillis, who is accused in the murder of Joni Gunter, whose remains were found in his yard in 2016. John Rockwell, a former assistant state attorney who prosecuted Tillis in 2007 on a prostitution charge, was appointed as Tillis' 11th defense lawyer on April 1. Tillis filed a Nelson motion, saying he wanted Fletcher removed from the case. When Tillis appeared in court Thursday morning with Mairs, Borello denied Tillis' motion to have Fletcher removed.
Another lawyer allowed to withdraw from Russell Tillis case
John Rockwell, a former assistant state attorney who prosecuted Tillis in 2007 on a prostitution charge, was appointed as Tillis' 11th defense lawyer on April 1. Judge Mark Borello granted a motion Friday for Rockwell, who was the second chair, to withdraw in the case. Tillis filed a Nelson motion, saying he wanted Fletcher removed from the case. Prosecutors also interviewed Janis Eldridge, a private investigator who was subpoenaed and brought in for a sworn statement in the case. Eldridge stood before Borello on Friday morning under oath, saying she has been a private investigator for Tillis since 2015.