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Eaton told Wilk that his relationship with his attorneys had broken down.

“Is that breakdown in communication irreparable, in other words can it be fixed?” Wilk asked

“No,” Eaton answered.

Assistant District Attorney Rosa Delgado said that, with Eaton’s decision, the state was withdrawing its plea offer.

“The state did advise the defense on Monday that if the offer that I was told was agreed upon was not accepted, the state would revoke that offer,” she said.

The plea offer was not outlined in court.

Wilk warned Eaton that whoever is appointed to his case may give him the same advice as Cafferty and Johnson.

He then approved Eaton’s decision to part with his lawyers, saying after questioning Eaton that the defendant was making his decision ”freely, voluntarily and knowingly” as the law requires.

“The court’s role isn’t to determine whether that’s a good decision or a bad decision,” he said.

Eaton will next appear in court Aug. 4 for a status hearing.

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Demonstrators hold signs during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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The Rev. Lawrence Kirby, center, speaks during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday.



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Shenia Martin, center, repeats “I can’t breathe,” as she officiates nine minutes of kneeling during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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Demonstrators kneel for nine minutes during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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Sheriff David Beth joined in kneeling for nine minutes during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday.



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Demonstrators listen and hold signs during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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A demonstrator holds a mirror with a message during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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Sarai Martin Russell, 5, holds a sign during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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Demonstrators kneel for nine minutes during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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Capt. Bill Beth, center, along with his son, Dustin, left, kneel for nine minutes during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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Demonstrators kneel for nine minutes during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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Demonstrators kneel for nine minutes during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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Barack Baldwin, 9, holds a sign during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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Demonstrators hold signs and each other during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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Demonstrators hold signs along Sheridan Road on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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Desirae Ingersoll-Smith, left, and Elana Brinkman make signs before a demonstration at Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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Veronica King holds a video and a book from the Rodney King incident during a a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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Alvin D. Owens, second from left, gets support as he gets choked up while speaking during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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Tanya McLean, center, speaks during protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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Demonstrators kneel for nine minutes during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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The Rev. Lawrence Kirby speaks during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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Demonstrators kneel for nine minutes during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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Sheriff David Beth joined in kneeling for nine minutes during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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A demonstrator holds a mirror with a message during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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Sarai Martin Russell, 5, holds a sign during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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Demonstrators kneel for nine minutes during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.



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Shenia Martin, center, repeats “I can’t breathe,” as she officiates nine minutes of kneeling during a protest against police brutality in Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.