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Jonathon Courson requests to change guilty plea in murder case

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APPLING CO., GA (WTOC) -

A confessed murderer went to court on Tuesday afternoon to get his guilty plea changed.

But a decision whether he'll get a trial or not won't come for 60 days.

Some people may have expected Jonathan Courson to come to this hearing with some explanation. Why did he plead guilty in his wife's murder, then ask to withdraw that plea? Turns out, all he brought to court was a new attorney.

Courson's uniform served as a reminder that he's now in state prison. Judge E.M. Wilkes explained Courson had 30 days from his guilty plea in May to ask for withdrawl, and he had, but a change in attorneys means his new public defender must file the paperwork.

In January of 2013, Courson reported his wife had been murdered in a home invasion. Days before he was to face trial, he pleaded guilty. The latest move troubles who've followed the case.

"The judge asked him over and over if he understood what he was doing, that he was giving up the right to call witnesses to testify for him," said Jo Horne of Baxley.

With nothing decided, Courson left the courtroom and headed back to state prison.

Courson's new attorney has until july 15 to submit a withdrawl request and it would go in front of the judge on Aught 18.

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