YORK, S.C. - A judge has revoked the public defender assigned to a York County double murder suspect after prosecutors argued he lied about having more than $600,000 in a retirement account.
Circuit Judge John Hayes III ruled on Tuesday that 67-year-old Ronald Gregory had plenty of money to pay for his own defense, even if he has to pay hefty penalties for withdrawing the money.
Prosecutors asked for the hearing after Gregory didn't tell a magistrate about the $600,000 account when he was assigned a public lawyer.
Authorities say Gregory is retired from Duke Power and along with the retirement account, owns his house, several vehicles and $85,000 in other cash assets.
Gregory is charged with killing his wife and their 9-year-old granddaughter during a custody dispute with the child's other grandparents.