Tyler Hadley:The top public defender for Tyler Hadley abruptly leaves the office, delaying the trial

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Public Defender Diamond Litty confirmed Friday that attorney Mark Harllee no longer works for the Public Defender's Office in Fort Pierce.

Harllee was the chief assistant public defender.

He was one of the top attorneys with the office and was set to defend Tyler Hadley when his trial was set to start in October.

According to State Attorney Tom Bakkedahl, that trial will now be delayed because of Harllee's abrupt departure from the Public Defender's office.

Litty would not say whether Harllee was fired or resigned, only confirming that he no longer worked for the office.

No one answered the door at Harllee's Fort Pierce home Friday.

Bakkedahl suspects the trial will be delayed a couple of months while a new public defender learns the ins and outs of the case.

Litty would not comment on who will take over the case.

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