John Deloney tells judge he wants trial to start 'immediately'


CINCINNATI -- The man accused of killing a Hartwell restaurant owner is now rejecting the legal argument that could protect him from the death penalty.

On Friday, John Deloney, 27 at the time of his arrest, told a judge that he's not mentally disabled and then demanded his trial start immediately.

Deloney's attorneys subsequently withdrew from the case. The judge set a hearing for next week to appoint new lawyers.

Police say Deloney shot and killed Cosmic Pizza owner Richard Evans last June during an attempted robbery. He faces an aggravated murder charge.

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