TODAY in court: Fieldbrook Kneeland murder suspect says he wants to hire his own lawyer | Lost Coast Outpost

The arraignment of murder suspect Austin Michael Medeiros was postponed today when Medeiros told Judge Christopher Wilson he wanted to hire his own attorney.


Medeiros, 27, is accused of killing Emily Rose May Lobba, 28, who was found dead in her Greenwood Heights home on April 3. Today Wilson informed him that he was charged with murder, the crime of driving against traffic while being prosecuted by law enforcement and misdemeanor charges of assault and battery against Lobba’s keeper.

Medeiros is originally from Rhode Island but has a drug case dating back to 2016 in Humboldt County. He is accused of violating probation in this case.

Today, Wilson was ready to appoint the county attorney’s office to represent Medeiros, whose bond is set at $1 million. But Medeiros said he plans to contact and hire a lawyer, David Skilling, who was recommended to him. No one in the courtroom today knew Skilling.

Medeiros asked for three days to hire the lawyer. He will be back in court on Thursday.

Lobba’s father, Alex Lobba, watched the hearing today via Zoom. He and Emily’s mother, Mary Jackson, held a memorial service for their daughter last week in the Ventura area.

In the district attorney’s complaint against Medeiros, there is no specific allegation of the use of a gun or any other weapon.

On April 3, Emily Lobba’s caretaker told authorities that she arrived at Lobba’s home for a scheduled visit and was confronted by a man who refused to let her in. The man allegedly assaulted the guard before fleeing in Lobba’s van. Pursued by the police, he left the van near the community forest of Arcata and disappeared into the woods.

Medeiros was arrested a week later in Santa Cruz while allegedly attempting to steal a boat. Police said Medeiros was carrying drugs and a loaded gun.

Assistant District Attorney Candace Myers was assigned to Medeiros’ case.

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