Richard Jewell has been left without a defence lawyer following his conviction for his role in the murder of former footballer Gary McAllister.
His lawyer, Gary Wilson, has told the court his client is in a “state of profound anxiety” about his ability to defend himself in the trial of the football star’s ex-wife, Emma Jewell, and his former girlfriend, Jillian Black, who was also convicted of murder.
Wilson said his client has “no plans” to be a witness during the trial, and said he was “incomplete” about the nature of his defence team’s case.
The court heard that during a police interview, a former police officer who was part of the investigation into the killing told the jury that he had been contacted by a “significant” number of people from the former footballer’s former football team, and that he was aware of a phone call made to him by someone he believed to be Richard Jewel.
During a subsequent interview with police, the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also said he had spoken to Richard Jewels mother, and he was told that his son had been “murdered”.
The police officer also said that Richard Jewells ex-girlfriend Jillian had also spoken to him, and also told him about the phone call that the former football star had made to his mother.
On Thursday, Judge Richard Foulkes said he would not be granting a new bail application to Jewishell, who has been in custody since his arrest on May 3.
“It is quite possible that he is not able to be in court in the next few days,” the judge told the defendant, who will face a second day of cross-examination on Wednesday.
In a statement read to the court on Thursday, Jewell’s barrister, Ian Pemberton, said he “felt he had to take this opportunity to inform the court that he would be unable to be present at the hearing”.
“Richard Jewell does not feel he has the right to participate in the proceedings in a private capacity,” Mr Pembermont said.
He also said the prosecution’s case rested on “a series of unsubstantiated allegations” and that there was “no evidence” of “a deliberate attack on the defendant by the police”.
Justice Foulke said he could not grant bail because “the defence will not be able to offer any evidence or to make submissions about the facts” that might be relevant to the case.
The court was due to resume hearing the case on Friday.