A Danville man accused of attacking police during an arrest but who alleges four Danville officers beat him had his arraignment postponed Tuesday in Boyle County District Court after his lawyer abruptly resigned from the case.
Robbie Houston, 43, was scheduled to be arraigned on four felony counts of assaulting a police officer, along with misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. But Boyle District Court Trial Commissioner James Sparrow reset the arraignment for Sept. 20 to allow Houston time to find a new attorney.
After the hearing, Houston said that attorney Mike Sanders informed him Monday that he had to quit the case for "personal reasons" and advised Houston to ask for a continuance. "I don't know what happened," Houston said.
Sanders couldn't be reached for comment.
Danville police responded to a "man with a gun' call at Parkside East Apartments on June 28 and found Houston sitting in a car in the parking lot with another man. According to police reports, Houston spun and attacked an officer as he was being searched and then fought with three others who tried to take him into custody. He later kicked out the window of a patrol car as he was being taken to jail, police said. No gun was ever found.