Man convicted in 2018 sledgehammer attack gets new attorney

Mar 6, 2020

Patrick J. Ross mugshot
Credit Provided / Lake County Police Department

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana judge has approved a new attorney for a man who wants to seek a mistrial after being convicted in a sledgehammer attack that wounded another man outside of a school.

A Lake County judge ruled Wednesday that Patrick J. Ross of Hammond will be assigned a new public defender to help him pursue a motion for a mistrial.

A jury convicted Ross last month of attempted murder for the January 2018 attack. The Times reports Ross represented himself during much of his trial after accusing his previous public defender of colluding with the state to secure his conviction.