Fox Lake Murder Suspect Seeking New Counsel

(Beaver Dam) A Fox Lake murder suspect is once again seeking new council. Laverne Ware Jr. requested the court to relieve attorney’s Donna Kuchler and Travis Cotton, citing his displeasure of their handling of his case. During a hearing Friday, Ware said that he has not spoken to Cotton since he has been retained as his lawyer and that he forwards all of his calls to voicemail. Cotton said that was not accurate and was a “total lie.” Ware also cited concerns over failure by his representation to adequately prepare and file an interlocutory appeal by an approaching deadline. The 37-year-old said if he were to release both attorneys it would be impossible for him to complete work on the appeal. Judge Brian Pfitzinger told Ware those are consequences he must deal with and that it is no one else’s problem but his. The defendant said he agrees to release both attorneys once the matter has been resolved. Cotton agreed to the dismissal when asked by Pfitzinger. District Attorney Kurt Klomberg said he does not take a position on the matter but added that does not want the change to affect an April 12 motion hearing. Pfitzinger advised the defense attorneys to notify the court once their relationship with Ware is finished. Ware is accused of murdering his girlfriend and first cousin, Sesalie Dixon, in December of 2016. The 27-year-old was found in the cab of Ware’s pick-up truck inside a Fox Lake garage with a gunshot wound to the head.