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Oregon murder suspect tells judge he 'killed a woman,' requests male attorney

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Howard Stull, jail booking photo Howard Stull, jail booking photo

A 79-year-old man charged with murder told a judge he needed another court-appointed attorney because he "killed a woman" and therefore shouldn't be represented by a woman.

Howard Stull of Eugene said Elizabeth JC Baker could have defended him if he had killed a man, according to a Register Guard report.

Stull was arrested a year ago after his landlady was found dead from stab wounds inside the garage of her home.

Baker said she took issue with a state hospital report that determined Stull is mentally fit to stand trial. But Stull told the court he's "not nuts."

Baker was assigned to Stull after he kicked his original lawyer off the case. The judge says he's maintaining a list of lawyers who would be "up next" if Stull is unhappy with the next one.

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