Murder Suspect's Request For Lawyer Change Denied

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, November 1 2013 at 4:03 PM, Updated: Fri, November 1 2013 at 4:13 PM

A Klamath Falls man facing murder charges says he's getting frustrated with delays, and a lack of access to information about his case.

Zane Skeen was in court this morning asking for a new lawyer.

34 year old Zane Skeen says he's being denied access to police records, and says he wants a new attorney...

"I've asked for everything, because I wanted to know what I'm being accused of.  I know they say murder, or a heinous crime, or whatever bull**** they say on the news..."

Skeen is accused of beating 65 year old Larry Wayne Clark to death in February of this year...

"But I don't know the details."  Claimed Skeen.  "The facts of what the state has against me."

Judge Cameron Wogan vouched for Skeen's attorney, and advised Skeen that 'It's not a good time to make a change."

"That's going to cause a huge delay."  Warned Judge Wogan.  "Mister Studenberg, I can tell you, has practiced law here for many, many years."

Despite Skeen's arguments, the judge ruled that he won't appoint Skeen a new least not for now.

"I'm not telling you other than, that I'm not appointing a new attorney today."  Ruled Wogan.  "That's all I'm telling you."

Skeen expressed his disappointment to our camera while leaving the courtroom...

Skeen is married to 30 year old Jessica Tibbets, who was convicted in 2000 for her role in the brutal hatchet murder of her mother and step-brother.

Tibbets was granted a conditional release from prison earlier this year as part of a 'second look' evaluation.


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Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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