It’s something that area attorneys say they have not seen before.
At a hearing Monday, 253rd District Judge Chap Cain allowed Walder, 33, to represent himself, and appointed Taylor as standby counsel. That means Taylor can give Walder advice if he asks for it.
He cannot, however, guide Walder or tell him during court proceedings if he thinks he’s doing a bad job.
Police have linked Walder to a white supremacist group, the Aryan Brotherhood, but have not said whether his connection to that group was a motive.
Judges in the past have tried to talk defendants out of passing on an attorney.
In 2008, 252nd District Court Judge Layne Walker told a man charged with felony theft who wanted to represent himself that “there is a really good likelihood you’ll get your legs blown off if you do this.”
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