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Man accused in 2007 double homicide signs not guilty plea Monday

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A man accused of a 2007 double-homicide signed his not guilty plea Monday and continued to insist he was hiring a high-profile Atlanta attorney.

Richard Nicole Williams, 32, was brought to Augusta at the end of February after a five-year stint in the DeKalb County jail for drug charges, weapons charges and a charge of kidnapping. He was found not competent to stand trial there and was brought back to Augusta to face charges of murder for the Dec. 14 shooting at Sharp Edge Barber Shop that killed his uncle and another man.

Williams’ bond hearing was delayed three weeks ago after he claimed he had hired attorney Bruce Harvey to represent him. Prosecutors said then and on Monday that Harvey’s office had not been contacted by Williams or his family members.

“We’ve waited and waited and waited some more and so far we’ve had no entry of appearance” by Harvey, Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms said.

Over Williams’ objections, the public defender’s office assisted Williams with his arraignment Monday on the condition he could hire Harvey later.

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