Lawyers representing former “Sons of Guns” TV personality Will Hayden on rape counts were allowed to withdraw from the case in East Baton Rouge Parish on Thursday, and a public defender has been appointed to represent him.
Lawyers Frank Holthaus, Steven Moore and Franz Borghardt requested and were granted permission by state District Judge Mike Erwin to step away from the case. Erwin then appointed Susan Hebert, an assistant public defender, to represent Hayden.
Borghardt said the lawyers could not comment on their reasons for asking to withdraw from the case.
The judge also postponed a hearing scheduled to take place on Thursday until Oct. 14.
Hayden, 50, was indicted by an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury last year on two counts of aggravated rape and one count of forcible rape. He is accused of raping two preteen girls, one in the 1990s and the other more recently. Hayden has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Hayden also faces sex charges in Livingston Parish, include a count of aggravated rape.