MANDAN, N.D — An attorney for a man accused of killing four people in Mandan two years ago will be allowed to leave the case, but other lawyers involved will stay on to represent the defendant, a judge ruled last week.
Morton County Judge David Reich let defense attorney Robert Quick withdraw from the murder case after chiropractor Chad Isaak filed a complaint against him. The complaint created a conflict of interest for Quick to represent Isaak, who faces a slate of felony charges, including four counts of murder.
Isaak is accused of stabbing and shooting RJR Maintenance & Management co-owner Robert Fakler and employees Adam Fuehrer, Bill Cobb and his wife, Lois Cobb, in April 2019. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.
The 46-year-old who lived in a Washburn mobile home park managed by RJR said he didn’t intend to force Quick to withdraw, saying he was not informed of what could happen if he filed a complaint. He said he did not want Vogel Law Firm attorneys, including Luke Heck and Drew Hushka, to be taken off the case since he had no complaints against them.
Prosecutors had concerns about the case being delayed if Vogel Law was forced to withdraw from the case.
Reich said in his order there is no evidence to suggest the Fargo-based law firm can’t continue to represent Isaak, so he agreed to let those attorneys stay on.
A 15-day trial is scheduled to begin June 7.