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Henry Dinkins gets new lawyers after judge rules 'breakdown' of attorney-client relationship

Dinkins was charged with the kidnapping and murder of 10-year-old Breasia Terrell.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Henry Dinkins, the man accused of kidnapping and murdering 10-year-old Breasia Terrell in July 2020, has been appointed new lawyers, according to Iowa court documents.

An Iowa judge approved an application to change Dinkins' lawyers on April 4, saying the request was granted following a "breakdown of the attorney-client relationship."

Dinkins' previous representation, Miguel Puentes and Kyle Worby, will be replaced with Chad Frese and Jennifer Frese. The husband-and-wife pair previously represented Cristhian Behena Rivera, the man found guilty in May 2021 for the murder of Mollie Tibbets.

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This is the third time Dinkins has requested new lawyers. He was most recently denied a change on March 11, after Dinkins claimed Puentes was not communicating with or visiting him in jail and they had not seen each other "but one time for five-to-eight minutes tops" up to that point. Dinkins, 49, previously said he would rather represent himself.

The approval for Dinkins' new lawyers comes less than a week after a Scott County judge granted a request March 31 for the trial to be moved to a different county in Iowa. The previous defense team argued that the "pretrial publicity surrounding the case has been extensive and pervasive."

As of Tuesday, a new location and trial date had not been determined. A pretrial conference with Dinkins' new lawyers was set for Friday, April 8.

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