On Jan. 1, 2023, Ana Walshe was murdered. The mother of three was last seen celebrating New Year’s Eve with her husband and friends.
Ana’s husband, Brian Walshe was arrested and charged with the murder. For most of 2023, he has been working with a notable Massachusetts defense attorney, Tracy Miner.
However, Fox News reported Minor “suddenly backed out” and is no longer representing Brian Walshe. The court has assigned a public defender to represent Walshe.
Brian’s high-profile murder trial was set to begin soon; the public defender, Larry Tipton, will likely request a delay in scheduling.
Miner notified the court she was withdrawing from the case on Dec. 14. Her office has not responded to requests for comment.
Fox News reported that Nate Amendola, a Massachusetts defense lawyer with no ties to the Walshe case, told Fox News Digital the public should not read too much into the change in representation, saying, “Continuity is always good, but it’s not unusual that criminal cases have a change of counsel for a variety of reasons.”
Legal experts associated with the case are waiting for a report on DNA samples gathered at the crime scene and reviewed by an independent crime lab.
Walshe faces several charges, including charges of “pillaging his late father’s [estate]” to cover legal fees and prolong legal proceedings.
Brian was reportedly involved in an out-of-state romantic affair and had been searching divorce-related topics on his computer.
One year after Ana’s reported murder, her body has not been located.
RTM previously reported that investigators believe Brian allegedly beat his wife to death and then discarded her body in a dumpster. Per the city’s regular schedule, waste management trucks transported the dumpster’s contents to an incinerator.
Investigators found blood in Walshe’s Volvo and DNA belonging to Ana and Brian Walshe on a Tyvek suit and slippers in trash bags.
Police believe Brian used trash bags to conceal evidence before discarding most of it in a dumpster.
Police found towels, tape, gloves, a hacksaw, Ana’s Prada purse and necklace, and carpets and cleaning supplies in Brian’s possession.
CNN reported that in April, Brian Walshe pleaded not guilty to all charges.
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