Hearing slated in teacher slay case

November 3, 2008 11:35:08 AM PST
A stockbroker trainee has applied for a court-appointed attorney as he fights charges that he killed his wife, a Long Island special education teacher.William Walsh is accused of strangling his wife, Leah, during a fight over his alleged infidelity and then staging an elaborate ruse to make it appear she was a victim of random roadside violence.

Walsh's current attorney, Karl Seman, said after a brief court session Monday that his client has no assets. "The family is an impoverished family with minimal means," Seman said.

A judge set a hearing for Wednesday.

The victim's and defendant's families, who sat on opposite sides in the second row of the tiny Nassau County courtroom, left without comment.

Walsh, who is being held in protective custody without bail, waived his appearance at Monday's hearing. Although police say Walsh provided oral and written confessions, Seman has suggested detectives made a "rush to judgment" in charging him.

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