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Decide in Isaak case prone to enable protection lawyer to withdraw | Bismarck



Chad Isaak listens during a court appearance in Mandan in April 2019. He pleaded not guilty on April 1, 2019, of four criminal offenses that resulted in the death of four people in a Mandan shop.


Tom Stromme


The judge on the case of a man accused of killing four people in Mandan wants some time to ponder the defense attorney’s motion to resign, but said at a hearing on Wednesday that it appears to be the only decision he will make can.

This could delay a test that’s supposed to start in about a month.

Robert Quick, attorney for Chad Isaak, asked in court documents last week to withdraw from the case after being told that Isaac had filed a disciplinary complaint against him. The content of the informal complaint to a committee of the State Disciplinary Commission is not public.

Isaak, 46, of Washburn, is accused of killing RJR Maintenance and Management co-owner Robert Fakler, 52. and employee Adam Fuehrer, 42; and William Cobb, 50, and Lois Cobb, 45, who were married. The police have not found a motive for the April 1, 2019 murders.

The presence of a complaint created a conflict of interest for Quick, who stated that it was ethically obliged to withdraw in such circumstances.

“My hands were a bit tied,” he said during the trial on Wednesday. “It’s not something I want to do on the eve of the trial after being involved for two years.”

The trial of Isaac is scheduled to begin on June 7th. If convicted, he could go to prison without parole.

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