EAU CLAIRE, Wis (WLAX/WEUX) – The lawyer for a man wanted in connection to the killing of an Eau Claire woman seven years ago has been removed from the case. Attorney Michael Cohen filed a motion on October 25th saying he would like to withdraw as Shane Helmbrecht’s counsel. The motion was granted during a court hearing today.
In the motion, Cohen stated several reasons for wanting to withdraw, including that Helmbrecht has failed to remain in contact with him. Today Cohen also said he has made all attempts possible to notify Helmbrecht of the motion.
Last month a nationwide bench warrant was issued for Helmbrecht to return to Eau Claire. In 2017, he was found incompetent to stand trial in the murder of Jenn Ward and was ordered to live in a mental health facility. In September of this year, Helmbrecht walked away from the group home and has not been heard from since. A status conference for the case has been scheduled for January 17th.