With the start of Phillip Pack’s second-degree murder trial less than 48 hours away, a last ditch attempt to exclude DNA evidence was made on Monday.
With Pack’s court appointed attorney, Keith Hatfield, unexplainably absent from court, Wes Hatmaker agreed to argue the motion asking to have the evidence tossed.
That was the first hurtle to be crossed.
With Hatmaker’s agreement to stand in, Senior Assistant District Attorney General Mike Ripley objected asking if Pack was aware of this substitution. Pack was not in court to answer that question.