Lawyer for suspect in murder of Va. woman wants off case

First, murder suspect Brian Rooney wanted to fire his attorney. Then he tried to have the judge removed. Now, three weeks before his trial is to begin, Rooney’s lawyer wants off the case, saying Rooney apparently is trying to represent himself.

Rooney wants judge off his murder case

A man accused in the 2006 slaying of a University of Vermont student wants the judge taken off his case. Thirty-seven-year-old Brian Rooney wrote a letter to Judge Michael Kupersmith in which he said Kupersmith is biased and makes bad legal decisions.

Rooney trial moved to Rutland

A Vermont judge has ruled that extensive publicity surrounding the killing of University of Vermont student Michele Gardner-Quinn and the arrest of Richmond resident Brian Rooney mean Rooney’s trial must be moved to Rutland.