Saying that Defense Counsel Deanna McCallum’s familial relation to a deputy coroner “doesn’t rise to the level to justify” her recusal as attorney for accused murderer Cameron Mays, Ad Hoc Judge Glynn Roberts ruled earlier today that she should continue as Mays’ court-appointed counsel.
Roberts, a retired judge from the Fifth Judicial (Franklin, Richland, West Carroll Parishes) District Court in Rayville, presided at the hearing in Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court in Ruston.
Mays had originally retained Shreveport attorney Joseph Clark, who passed away earlier this year. Several hearings on the case had been postponed during Clark’s illness.
McCallum said she was the sister-in-law of a deputy coroner who was involved with the murder investigation, and that might present a conflict of interest issue.
However, Assistant District Attorney John Belton noted that the deputy coroner was only peripherally involved in the case, and wouldn’t be called as a prosecution witness.
A sanity hearing for Mays is set for July 15, 1:30 PM, in district court.