Plymouth: Father accused of shooting son and himself needs new representation

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A father accused of shooting his teenage son in Plymouth and then turning the gun on himself is on the hunt for new representation.

Monday, Richard Panepinto appeared inside Plymouth County Superior Court wearing handcuffs.

He was in the hospital for a few months after the January 2012 shooting that he and his son survived but Panepinto’s been in jail since, unable to make bail. But now he has to find a way to pay for an attorney.

Panepinto’s facing several charges including two counts of assault to murder and if found guilty, he could serve 20-years in prison.

Panepinto’s former attorney, Robert Jubinville, formally withdrew from the case Monday. Panepinto said in court, that “Jubinville is handling himself in an unethical way” and he went on to say that he was never offered any other counsel.

Panepinto was told by a Superior Court judge that he won’t receive a court appointed attorney and if needed, his New Hampshire home will be liquidated to pay for representation.

He’s due to appear in court with a new attorney on March 13th.

About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.