MANDAN, ND – A lawyer for a man accused of killing four people two years ago in Mandan is allowed to leave the case, but other lawyers involved will continue to represent the defendant, a judge ruled last week.
Morton County Judge David Reich resigned Defense Attorney Robert Quick from the murder case after chiropractor Chad Isaak filed a complaint against him. The complaint created a conflict of interest for Quick to represent Isaac, who has faced a list of criminal offenses, including four homicide cases.
Isaak is accused of stabbing and shooting the co-owner of RJR Maintenance & Management, Robert Fakler, and the employees Adam Fuehrer, Bill Cobb and his wife Lois Cobb in April 2019. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life imprisonment.
The 46-year-old, who lived in a Washburn mobile home park managed by RJR, said he had no intention of forcing Quick to withdraw and was not informed of what could happen if he files a complaint. He said he didn’t want Vogel law firm attorneys, including Luke Heck and Drew Hushka, to be removed from the case as he had no complaints against them.
Prosecutors were concerned that if Vogel Law were forced to withdraw from the case, the case could be delayed.
Reich said in his order that there was no evidence that the Fargo-based law firm could no longer represent Isaak and agreed to keep these lawyers on.
A 15-day trial is scheduled to begin on June 7th.